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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 265
1855
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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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The Blacks in Canada: A History

Robin W. Winks, Robin William Winks - 1997 - 546 pages
...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, Volume 1

Donald Rutherford - 1996 - 1986 pages
...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 pages
...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 pages
..."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 pages
...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 pages
...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 pages
...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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Defining the Victorian Nation: Class, Race, Gender and the British Reform ...

Catherine Hall, Keith McClelland, Jane Rendall - 2000 - 303 pages
...slave lands in England; you know what one of our best poets said, that if their lungs but breathed our air, that moment they are free; they touch our country and their shackles fall. But how is it with an Englishman? Why an Englishman, if he goes to the Cape, he can...
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