Thoughts And Sentiments On The Evil Of Slavery

Paperback | February 1, 1999

byQuobna Ottobah CugoanoIntroduction byVincent CarrettaEditorVincent Carretta

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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 Slavery is the most direct criticism of slavery by a writer of African descent. Cugoano refutes pro-slavery arguments of the day, including slavery's supposed divine sanction; the belief that Africans gladly sold their own families into slavery; that Africans were especially suited to its rigors; and that West Indian slaves led better lives than European serfs. Exploiting his dual identity as both an African and a British citizen, Cugoano daringly asserted that all those under slavery's yoke had a moral obligation to rebel, while at the same time he appealed to white England's better self.

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An African boy was a slave on his way to England in 1772, just in time for that country’s abolishment of slavery. Quobna Ottobah Cugoano won his freedom. But the young Afro-Briton did not choose to stop with his own emancipation -- Cugoano wrote powerfully and intelligently of the amorality and unethical practice of enslavement, corres...

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A freed slave's daring assertion of the evils of slaveryBorn 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 ...

Quobna Ottobah Cugoano was born in present-day Ghana. 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.Vincent Carretta is professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the edit...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 0.5 inPublished:February 1, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140447504

ISBN - 13:9780140447507

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from The evil of slavery could be portrayed better I decided to read this book because during my years in school I never got the opportunity to learn about black history. I thought this book would be a good start, but although the author brings up some interesting perspectives he appeared more than anything else to be repeating himself. In this book Cugoano uses the teachings of the Christian religion to illustrate how evil slavery is.
Date published: 2010-08-02

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Table of Contents

Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Vincent Carretta

Introduction by Vincent Carretta
Acknowledgments
A Note on the Text
Illustrations
Suggestions for Further Reading

Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil and Wicked Traffic of the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species, Humbly Submitted to The Inhabitants of Great-Britain, by Ottobah Cugoano, a Native of Africa.
London: 1787

Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil of Slavery; or, the Nature of Servitude as Admitted by the Law of God, Compared to the Modern Slavery of the Africans in the West-Indies; In an Answer to the Advocates for Slavery and Oppression. Addressed to the Sons of Africa, by a Native.
London: 1791

Explanatory Notes to the 1787 Publication
Explanatory Notes to the 1791 Publication
Appendix: Correspondence of Quobna Ottobah Cugoano

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An African boy was a slave on his way to England in 1772, just in time for that country’s abolishment of slavery. Quobna Ottobah Cugoano won his freedom. But the young Afro-Briton did not choose to stop with his own emancipation -- Cugoano wrote powerfully and intelligently of the amorality and unethical practice of enslavement, corresponding with the likes of William Pitt and Edmund Burke. Scholar Vincent Carretta has carefully published his writings, Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil of Slavery, in this Penguin Classics edition, complete with notes.

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