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Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil of Slavery

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A freed slave's daring assertion of the evils of slavery

Born in present-day Ghana, Quobna Ottobah Cugoano was kidnapped at the age of thirteen and sold into slavery by his fellow Africans in 1770; he worked in the brutal plantation chain gangs of the West Indies before being freed in England. His Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil of Slaveryis the most direct criticism of
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Penguin Classics
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Lexi
May 22, 2016 Lexi rated it it was amazing
Choosing to read this book was one of the best decisions I made. Originally I started to read it because I was writing about the Middle Passage and I knew it would offer a great. I learned so much and it was such an eye opener. Although some parts get a little repetitive, his descriptiveness of his experiences and his ability to see the sides of the situation make the book well worth reading. I would recommend this book if you want to learn more about slavery beyond just working on the plantatio ...more
Donald Linnemeyer
May 05, 2011 Donald Linnemeyer rated it really liked it
Shelves: history-modern
Quobna Ottobah Cugoano was a British, Christian, ex-slave in the late 1700's; this book is his contribution to the British debate over slavery.

Cugoano's voice is prophetic. He doesn't necessarily have the greatest, most fluid style, and he gets repetitive. But there's an incredibly force and an obvious ethos behind his words. How a book like this didn't end the debate is beyond me.

What hit me first was actually Cugoano's balance. He certainly has plenty of words against the west and their role i
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Tucker
Nov 29, 2014 Tucker rated it really liked it
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Cugoano was kidnapped as a boy in 1770 from present-day Ghana, taken to hard labor in the Caribbean, then brought to England during the same year that Lord Mansfield issued the ruling that de facto abolished slavery in England. Cugoano continued to work as a domestic servant, was educated by his employers, embraced Christianity, and around age 30 published this abolitionist manifesto. He distinguishes the sort of "free, voluntary, and sociable servitude" he believes was practiced in Biblical tim ...more
Geoff Sebesta
Dec 10, 2014 Geoff Sebesta rated it really liked it
As pleas against slavery go, this is sort of an interesting one. It's very early -- it was written in the 1780s, trying to convince Britan to adopt a policy of abolitionism.

He answers a lot of specific questions that aren't really asked any more. He refutes pretty clearly the idea that slavery was in any way beneficial or that Africa benefited from the slave trade. The story of how the author was kidnapped and sold into slavery was extremely revealing.

He also uses a lot of Biblical reasoning to
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Jackson Cyril
Feb 15, 2016 Jackson Cyril rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Cugoano, an ex-slave, writes this pamphlet to attack the institution. He uses scripture and logical analysis to arrive at the conclusion that slavery is wrong (although he does justify it in some instances).
Lindsey
Oct 03, 2010 Lindsey rated it really liked it
Cugoano succeeds at doing what his contemporary Equiano fails to do (for the most part), making his anti-slavery text more compelling. Cugoano uses the jeremiad as his vehicle through which he delivers his message of abolition. His allusions to biblical stories bolster his argument along with his direct discourse with Great Britain and her role in the slave trade. The only complaint I have about Cugoano's lengthy essay is that he is quite repetetive and redundant. I feel that some editing could ...more
Tonia
Apr 06, 2012 Tonia rated it really liked it
While I appreciate this text and it's importance, it's not as moving emotionally or rhetorically speaking as I thought it would be. Although, perhaps because I cannot get into the minds of those in this era, religiously speaking. There are some amazing passage in here.
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Great message, bad style
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Ottobah Cugoano, also known as John Stuart (c. 1757 – after 1791), was an African abolitionist and natural rights philosopher from Ghana who was active in England in the latter half of the eighteenth century. Captured in present-day Ghana and sold into slavery at the age of 13, he was shipped to Grenada in the Lesser Antilles, where he worked on a plantation. In 1772 he was purchased by an English ...more
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