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Société des Amis des Noirs

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  1. Adresse de la Société des Amis des Noirs, à l'Assemblée nationale, à toutes les villes de commerce, à toutes les manufactures, aux colonies, à toutes les sociétés des amis de la Constitution: adresse dans laquelle on approfondit les relations politiques et commerciales entre la métropole et les colonies has translation author

Members

Notes

Jacques Brissot founded the Society of the Friends of Blacks in 1788 to agitate against the slave trade and slavery. He modeled it on the London Committee for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, established in 1787. He hoped that the two groups might cooperate in an international effort to eliminate the slave trade. The French society, knowing that the colonial and commercial interests invested in slavery still exercised great power, cautiously advanced its proposals. This caution was well–founded, since some deputies faced personal attacks in the streets of Paris for their unpopular views. As the roster shows, its membership included leading intellectuals, politicians, and many aristocrats. The marquis de Condorcet was its president and de Gramagnac its secretary. It remained active until 1793, when it had over 140 members. The founding list can be found in Brissot, 'Tableau des Membres de la Société des Amis des Noirs' (1789), pp.1–8. https://revolution.chnm.org/d/339. It included the three Lameth brothers, two publishers, Agasse and Cuchet, one Englishman, "Pigot, Geneva" (Charles Pigott's brother, Robert) and one officially associated foreigner, abbot Piattoli. While Jefferson could not attend for political reasons, his first secretary, William Short, did join. See also Claude Perroud, 'La Société Française des Amis des Noirs', in La Révolution Française no.69 (1916), pp.122–47.