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An Essay on the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species
Particularly the African, Translated from a Latin Dissertation, Which Was Honoured with the First Prize in the University of Cambridge, for the Year 1785

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  • Date Published: June 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108060141

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  • This 1786 publication is a translation of a prizewinning Latin essay written by Thomas Clarkson (1760–1846) at Cambridge the previous year. Clarkson's deep research into the Atlantic slave trade instilled in him a sense of duty, inspiring him to devote his life to abolitionism. The publication of the essay introduced Clarkson to like-minded campaigners, notably William Wilberforce (1759–1833) and Granville Sharpe (1735–1813), with whom he helped to establish in 1787 the pioneering Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade. Thoughts on the African Slave Trade (1788) by the sailor, slave trader and Anglican clergyman John Newton (1725–1807) is also reissued in this volume. Published thirty-four years after Newton's retirement from the slave trade, this pamphlet apologises for his 'too late' conversion to the abolitionist movement and describes the horrific conditions aboard slave ships during the Middle Passage.

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    • Date Published: June 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108060141
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The History of Slavery:
    1. Introduction
    2. The first class of involuntary slaves
    3. The second class from piracy
    4. Their personal treatment
    5. The causes of such treatment among the ancients in general
    6. The ancient slave-trade
    7. The decline of this commerce and slavery in Europe
    8. Their revival in Africa
    Part II. The African Commerce or Slave-Trade:
    1. The history of mankind
    2. An account of the first governments
    3. Liberty a natural right
    4. Mankind cannot be considered as property
    5. Division of the commerce into two parts
    6. Their right with respect to convicts
    7. Their right with respects to prisoners of war
    8. Additional remarks on the two orders that were first mentioned
    9. The right of the purchasers examined
    Part III. The Slavery of the Africans in the European Colonies:
    1. Imaginary scene in Africa
    2. Their treatment on board
    3. The condition of their posterity in the colonies
    4. The seasoning in the colonies
    5. The contents of the two preceding chapters denied by the purchasers
    6. Three arguments refuted
    7. The argument, that the Africans are an inferior link of the chain of nature, refuted
    8. The argument, that the Africans are an inferior link of the chain of nature, refuted (cont.)
    9. Other arguments of the purchasers examined
    10. The right of the purchasers over their slaves refuted
    11. Dreadful arguments against this commerce and slavery
    John Newton's thoughts upon the African slave-trade.

  • Authors

    Thomas Clarkson

    John Newton

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