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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
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Penguin Classics
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Donald Linnemeyer
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
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
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
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
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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