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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 Defender - Page 257
1855
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From Harlem to Paris: Black American Writers in France, 1840-1980

Michel Fabre - 1993 - 358 pages
...represents an early, important, and for a time the only, cultural link between American Negroes and France. Slaves cannot breathe in England: if their lungs Receive...moment they are free, They touch our country, and their shackles fall. Cowper's lines epitomized England's aspiration to be the champion of abolitionism. In...
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The Culture of English Antislavery, 1780-1860

David Turley - 1991 - 284 pages
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The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

Angela Partington - 1992 - 1061 pages
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The Andrew Carnegie Reader

Andrew Carnegie - 1992 - 325 pages
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Subject to Others: British Women Writers and Colonial Slavery, 1670-1834

Moira Ferguson - 1992 - 465 pages
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Multicultural Literature and Literacies: Making Space for Difference

Suzanne Miale Miller, Suzanne M. Miller, Barbara McCaskill - 1993 - 300 pages
...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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Simisola (v.o.)

Ruth Rendell - 1994 - 323 pages
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Crowns of Glory, Tears of Blood

1997 - 378 pages
...William Cowper's popular poem The Task, calling for the emancipation of slaves throughout the empire: We have no slaves at home. Then why abroad? And they themselves once ferried over the wave, That parts us, are emancipate and loosed. Slaves cannot breathe in England. If their...
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Civilization and Black Progress: Selected Writings of Alexander Crummell on ...

Alexander Crummell, Southern Texts Society - 1995 - 265 pages
...(New York, 1895), 221, 242. 7. "That fatal and perfidious bark." John Milton, "Lycidas," l. 100. 8. "We have no slaves at home. Then why abroad? /...o'er the wave / That parts us, are emancipate and loos'd." William Cowper, The Task 2.36-39. 9. For similar comments, see Atticus G. Haygood, Pleasfor...
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Slave Girls

Wensley Clarkson - 1996 - 288 pages
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