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Thomas Clarkson, an ardent advocate of British Abolition details the road to the Act of the Abolition of the Slave Trade that was passed in 1807. The book orginally published in 1808, highlights his ... Leer comentario completo
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Página 243 - only to discover sights of woe, Regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace And rest can never dwell, hope never comes That comes to all; but torture without end Still urges
Página 177 - aggravated every natural barbarity, and furnished to every man motives for committing, under the name of trade, acts of perpetual hostility and perfidy against his neighbor. Thus had the perversion of British commerce carried misery instead of happiness to one whole quarter of the globe. False to the very principles of trade, misguided in our policy,
Página 172 - Whereas the trade to and from Africa is very advantageous to Great Britain, and necessary for supplying the plantations and colonies thereunto belonging with a sufficient number of negroes at reasonable rates, and for that purpose the said trade should be carried on.
Página 232 - three hundred and sixty thousand Africans had been torn away from their native land. What an accumulation was this to our former guilt! General Gascoyne made two extraordinary assertions : First, that the trade was defensible on Scriptural ground. "Both thy bondmen and thy bondmaids, which thou shall have, shall be of the heathen, that are round about thee; of them shall
Página 179 - British barbarians, have predicted with equal boldness, that these were a people, who were destined never to be free ; who were without the understanding necessary for the attainment of useful arts ; depressed by the hand of Nature below the level of the human species ; and created to form a supply of slaves for the rest of the world 1
Página 240 - moved an address to his majesty, " praying that he would be graciously pleased to direct a negotiation to be entered into, by which foreign powers should be invited to co-operate with his majesty in measures to be adopted for the abolition of the African Slave-trade.
Página 180 - it even yet, in spite of all our great pretensions. We were once as obscure among the nations of the earth, as savage in our manners, as debased in our morals, as degraded in our understandings, as these unhappy Africans. But in the lapse of a long series of years, by a progression slow, and for a time almost imperceptible, we
Página 49 - was associated. Let us not, he said, despair. It is a blessed cause ; and success, ere long, will crown our exertions. Already we have gained one victory. We have obtained for these poor creatures the recognition of their human nature,* which, for a while, was most shamefully denied them. This is the
Página 278 - The chairman then read the bill, and it was agreed that he should report it with the amendments on Monday. The bill enacted, that no vessel should clear out for slaves from any port within the British dominions after the first of May, 1807, and that no slave should be landed in the colonies after the first of March, 1808. - On the