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" Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are free; They touch our country and their shackles fall. "
The English Reader: Or, Pieces in Prose and Poetry, Selected from the Best ... - Sida 207
efter Lindley Murray - 1815 - 264 sidor
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Multicultural Literature and Literacies: Making Space for Difference

Suzanne Miale Miller, Suzanne M. Miller, Barbara McCaskill - 1993 - 300 sidor
...Americans' own hypocrisy. "Slaves cannot breathe in England," William Cowper had rejoiced in 1785, "if their lungs / Receive our air, that moment they are free! / They touch our country, and their shackles fall" (Task, 1836-1837, Book II, line 40). By act of Parliament and official decree, England...
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Crowns of Glory, Tears of Blood

1997 - 378 sidor
...why abroad? And they themselves once ferried over the wave, That parts us, are emancipate and loosed. Slaves cannot breathe in England. If their lungs Receive...moment they are free; They touch our country, and their shackles fall. That is noble, and bespeaks a nation proud And jealous of the blessing. Spread it then,...
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Civilization and Black Progress: Selected Writings of Alexander Crummell on ...

Alexander Crummell, Southern Texts Society - 1995 - 265 sidor
...after them. / The good is oft interred with their 1 o bones." Shakespeare, Julius Caesar 3.2.81-82. 5. "Slaves cannot breathe in England, if their lungs...they are free; / They touch our country, and their shackles fall." William Cowper, The Task 2.40-42. 6. "The fair humanities of old religion." Samuel...
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The Blacks in Canada: A History

Robin W. Winks, Robin William Winks - 1997 - 546 sidor
...Canada's own Negro history. The poet Cowper, in celebrating Justice Mansfield's decision, thought that "Slaves cannot breathe in England: if their lungs / Receive our air, that moment they are free." This was adequate poetry but inaccurate current events, for Mansfield's decision freed no substantial...
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Classical Economics: January 1819 to January 1820, Volym 1

Donald Rutherford - 1996 - 1986 sidor
...disadvantage, with that of the United States on this subject: — it might have occurred to him that — 'Slaves cannot breathe in England: — if their lungs...they are free! They touch our country — and their shackles fall. That's noble! and bespeaks a nation proud And jealous of the blessing.' Of this, however,...
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The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

Oxford University Press, TME. - 1999 - 1136 sidor
...bk. I The Sofa' I. 749; cl. Cowley 2 59:12, Proverbs (»11:15 20 Slaves cannot breathe in Kngland, if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are free; They touch our country, and their shackles fall. The Task ( l 78 s I bk. 2 'The Timepiece' I. 40; cf. Anonymous I8:S 21 Hngland, with...
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African-British Writings in the Eighteenth Century: The Politics of Race and ...

Helena Woodard - 1999 - 180 sidor
..."too pure ... for slaves to breathe in."12 William Cowper echoes Rushworth's sentiments in "The Task": "Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lungs Receive our air that moment they are free" (II. 40-41). '3 Writers and judicial officials could easily vent such rhetoric regarding domestic slavery...
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Slave Narratives

James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, Olaudah Equiano, Frederick Douglass, Nat Turner, William Wells Brown, Henry Bibb, Ellen Craft, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Ann Jacobs, William Craft, Jacob D. Green - 2000 - 1035 sidor
...GARRISON. RUNNING A THOUSAND MILES FOR FREEDOM; OR, THE ESCAPE OF WILLIAM AND ELLEN CRAFT FROM SLAVERY. "Slaves cannot breathe in England: if their lungs...moment they are free; They touch our country, and their shackles fall. " COWPER. LONDON: WILLIAM TWEEDIE, 337, STRAND. i860. Ellen Craft, the fugitive slave....
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Poems of Nation, Anthems of Empire: English Verse in the Long Eighteenth Century

Suvir Kaul, Professor Suvir Kaul - 2000 - 337 sidor
...guaranteed to Britons with that denied to the people they enslave abroad (2.37-44). Cowper's reminder that "Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lungs / Receive our air, that moment they are free," plays on the arguments and language used at the precedent-setting 1772 trial of James Somerset, whose...
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A Turbulent Voyage: Readings in African American Studies

Floyd Windom Hayes - 2000 - 630 sidor
...docks at Liverpool he jumped for joy and thought of the words of the English writer William Cowper: Slaves cannot breathe in England. If their lungs receive our air that moment they were free. They touch our country their shackles fall. (Watkins, 1852, p. 37) Frederick Douglass experienced...
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