How Did Antislavery Women Use Portraits to Represent Themselves in the
Transatlantic Antislavery Movement?


   Antislavery activists realized there was power in pictures to convince people of the evils of slavery, but they also circulated their own portraits amongst themselves as part of the creation of the networks of support and friendship that grew up between people with similar goals and values. Portraits of antislavery women served to both strengthen the ties of friendship between far-flung activists and also allowed women to shape their own images within the movement through their composition.


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