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Silvia Salvatici

America and South Africa. In the context of this process of expanding imperial borders, missionary action took on an increasingly important role in connecting the home country and the colonies on the anti-slavery question. The organisations in the metropolises – such as the Nonconformist Baptist Missionary Society, London Missionary Society and Church Missionary Society, all founded in the 1790s – gathered information from different continents and became locations for the promotion of a more general debate on the suffering of others and on the moral duty to put the

in A history of humanitarianism, 1755–1989
Silvia Salvatici

– missionary programmes. For example, in Britain, eighteenth-century evangelical revivalism was the impulse that founded the Baptist Missionary Society (1792), the London Missionary Society (1795) and the Church Missionary Society (1799). These organisations were formed in relation with the abolitionist movement and followed the example of the Abolition Society: some of their founders were well known anti-slavery advocates and they tried to pressure institutions to gain their support. At the same time, the new societies were closely connected to the preexisting religious

in A history of humanitarianism, 1755–1989