The American Reader; Containing Extracts Suited To Excite A Love Of Science And Literature, To…

Paperback | January 5, 2012

byGeorge Merriam

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1828. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... LESSON XXXVI. | Another Extract from the Same. Shall I attempt to describe the horrors of the middle passage--the miseries which await these wretched beings ia crossing the ocean ? I have no pencil, nor colours for such a picture. But see them literally packed alive by hundreds in a floating and pestilential dungeon--manacled to the very bone, under a treble-ironed hatchway-- tormented with thirst and devoured by hunger--suffocated in their own breath--chained to corpses, and maddened by despair, to the rending of all their heart-strings. See mothers and young girls, and even little children, watching their opportunity to seek refuge in the caverns of the deep, from the power of their tormentors ; and not to be diverted from their purpose, by the hanging and shooting of such as have failed in similar attempts. Behold the sick and the blind struggling amid the waves, into which avarice has cast them ; and shrieking in the jaws of the shark, for the unpardonable crime of having sunk under their tortures, and lost their marketable value on the voyage. See them headed up in water casks and thrown into the sea, lest they should be found and liberated by the merciful cruiser. The foregoing is a mere extract from the blood-stained records of the slave-trade. Who then will undertake to sum up the amount of human misery which is wafted by the reluctant and wailing winds upon the complaining waters, to be chained and scourged, to pine and die in the great western house of bondage ? But while intemperance mixes ingredients equally bitter, if not similar, in the cup of trembling and wo which it tills up to the brim, it casts in others, which the slave-trade never mingled--for it fetters the immortal mind as well as the dying body. It not only blisters the skin, but...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1828. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... LESSON XXXVI. | Another Extract from the Same. Shall I attempt to describe the horrors of the middle passage--the miseries w...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:94 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:January 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217568777

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