David Turley

David Turley taught at a number of American universities, at the University of Sheffield and, for many years, at the University of Kent where he is Emeritus Professor of Cultural and Social History and former Dean of Humanities. He has been chair of British American Nineteenth Century Historians (BrANCH) since 2011. His research has covered work on slavery and antislavery in the Atlantic world; Anglo-American reform connections; American religion and reform; the historiography of abolitionism and emancipation. Current research is on two projects: slave emancipations and after and the development of African American work in the social sciences and its relation to the intellectual critique of racism and the development of a black intellectual class in the United States, c.1890-1930s.

Selected publications

  • The Culture of English Antislavery, 1780-1860 (London and New York, 1991)
  • American Religion (Robertsbridge, 1998)
  • 'The Anglo-American Unitarian Connection and Urban Poverty' in Charity, Philanthropy and Reform ed. by Hugh Cunningham and Joanna Innes (Basingstoke, 1998): 228-42
  • Slavery (Oxford and Boston, 2000)
  • 'By Way of DuBois: The Question of Black Initiative in the Civil War and Reconstruction' in The State of U.S. History ed. by Melvyn Stokes (Oxford and New York, 2002): 407-24
  • 'British Antislavery Re-assessed' in Rethinking the Age of Reform: Britain 1780-1850 ed. by Arthur Burns and Joanna Innes (Cambridge, 2003): 182-99
  • 'Religion and Approaches to Reform: Boston Unitarians versus Evangelicals in the Context of the 1820s and 1830s', American Nineteenth Century History, 10 (2009): 187-209
  • 'Slavery and Emancipation: The African American Experience during the Civil War' in Themes of the American Civil War ed. by S-M Grant and Brian Holden Reid (New York and London, 2010): 249-66
  • 'Complicating the Story: Historical Writing on Women and Religion in British and American Antislavery' in Women, Dissent and Antislavery in Britain and America, 1790-1865 ed. by Elizabeth Clapp and Julie Roy Jeffrey (Oxford, 2011): 20-43
  • 'Black History for Antislavery in the 1840s and 1850s: Forms of Writing and the Focus on Haiti' (forthcoming)
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