Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil of Slavery

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Februar 1999



Quobna Ottobah Cugoano, whom Henry Louis Gates has dubbed the "invisible man" of the eighteenth century, was born in Africa around 1757 and sold into slavery as a boy. He was brought to England in 1772, just months after the historic Somerset case that abolished slavery in England, and was thereby emancipated.However, as he knew all too well, the slave trade persisted throughout the British Empire and the rest of Europe. Thoughts and Sentiments, the most radical assault published by a writer of African descent on slavery, was his response to the hypocrisy of Enlightenment Europe's attitude toward the evil institution. After a brief account of his early life, Cugoano launches an invective against the evils of slavery. He closes with a plea for the immediate emancipation of all slaves throughout the Empire, and for British efforts to quash the slave trade in other European countries.


Quobna Ottobah Cugoano was sold into slavery in 1770 from Ghana at the age of thirteen. He worked in the West Indies before being freed in England.
EAN: 9780140447507
ISBN: 0140447504
Untertitel: 'Penguin Classics'. Empfohlen ab 18 Jahre. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 1999
Seitenanzahl: 240 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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