Catherine Impey

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Catherine Impey (1847 – 14 December 1923) was a British Quaker activist against racial discrimination. She founded Britain's first anti-racist journal, Anti-Caste, in March 1888 and edited it until its last edition in 1895.

The journal was inspired[1] by Booker T. Washington's Southern Letter. Impey visited the United States several times from 1878 and the journal focused largely on issues in America. In 1893, she formed an organisation, The Society for the Recognition of the Universal Brotherhood of Man, with the American Ida B. Wells, who visited the UK[2] to campaign against lynching.

Impey lived in Street, Somerset.

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  • Dr Caroline Bressey, Anti-Caste: Britain’s First Anti-racist Journal, synopsis on ESRC website (RES-000-22-0522) accessed at [2] 27 July 2006. Also abstract from Dr Caroline Bressey in teaching programme at University of Essex, accessed at [3] 27 July 2006.


  1. ^ The Booker T Washington Papers Vol.3 1889-1895 pp.33-34 accessed at "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 27 July 2006.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) 27 July 2006
  2. ^ Vron Ware, Beyond the Pale, White Women, Racism and Slavery Verso 1992, p.175, ISBN 0-86091-552-2 cited in Shula Marks, Half-ally, half-untouchable at the same time: Britain and South Africa since 1959, accessed at [1] 3 December 2007