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Mary Wollstonecraft and Thomas Clarkson - Expanding the Charmed Circle

Anne McElvoy traces the influence on British liberalism of Mary Wollstonecraft, who vindicated the rights of women, and Thomas Clarkson, who campaigned to end the slave trade.

Anne McElvoy returns to the late 18th century to explore two efforts to extend liberty and basic rights beyond white men.

Barbara Taylor explains how young 'radical democrat' Mary Wollstonecraft came to write her Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

And Anne travels to Liverpool to meet Richard Huzzey, who tells the story of Thomas Clarkson, who endlessly toured England in his campaign against the slave trade.

With Barbara Taylor and Richard Huzzey.

Producer: Phil Tinline.

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15 minutes