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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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William Cowper: Selected Poems

William Cowper - 2003 - 119 pages
...priz'd above all price, I had much rather be myself the slave, And wear the bonds, than fasten them on him. We have no slaves at home. Then why abroad?...ferried o'er the wave That parts us, are emancipate and loos'd. Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lungs 40 Receive our air, that moment they are free;...
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The Poetry of Slavery: An Anglo-American Anthology, 1764-1865

Marcus Wood - 2003 - 704 pages
...priz'd above all price, I had much rather be myself the slave And wear the bonds, than fasten them on him. We have no slaves at home. Then why abroad?...ferried o'er the wave That parts us, are emancipate and loos'd. Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are free;...
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North Carolina Slave Narratives: The Lives of Moses Roper, Lunsford Lane ...

William L. Andrews, David Alexander Davis - 2003 - 279 pages
...ADVENTURES AND ESCAPE OF MOSES ROPER, FROM AMERICAN SLAVERY; WITH A PREFACE BY THE REV. T. PRICE, DD "Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lungs Receive our air, that moment theyjj They touch our country, andj'"^ That's noble ! and I And jealous of the blesajftg^S^read it...
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The Cambridge Companion to Harriet Beecher Stowe

Cindy Weinstein - 2004 - 250 pages
...Slavery" are perhaps the most well known and the most telling example of this phenomenon. Cowper writes: We have no slaves at home - then why abroad? And they...moment they are free, They touch our country and their shackles fall. That's noble, and bespeaks a nation proud. (lines 39-45)18 Cowper's words here, which...
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His Brother's Blood: Speeches and Writings, 1838-64

Owen Lovejoy, William Ann Moore - 2004 - 432 pages
...irresistible genius of UNIVERSAL EMANCIPATION." The same sentiment is breathed forth in the verse of Cowper: "Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lungs...moment they are free; They touch our country and their shackles fall. That's noble, and bespeaks a nation proud And jealous of the blessing. Spread it then...
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Legal History of the Color Line: The Rise and Triumph of the One-drop Rule

Frank W. Sweet - 2005 - 540 pages
...of September 2, 2004, the Royal Archivist at Windsor Castle was unable to find any record of it. 131 Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lungs Receive...moment, they are free! They touch our country and their shackles fall. Figure 18. Lord Mansfield To be sure, this was the same period when the idea of "racial"...
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Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves

Adam Hochschild - 2006 - 468 pages
...Thus ended G. Sharp's long contest with Lord Mansfield." The poet William Cowper hailed the ruling: Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are free. But the fine print made the air look not so liberating. Mansfield carefully couched his decision in...
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The North Carolina Roots of African American Literature: An Anthology

William L. Andrews - 2006 - 328 pages
...alone that gives the flower of fleeting life its lustre and perfume; And we are weeds without it." "Slaves cannot breathe in England; If their lungs...moment they are free; They touch our country, and their shackles fall." Cowper.55 When I reached Liverpool, I proceeded to Dr. Raffles, and handed my letters...
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The Harem, Slavery and British Imperial Culture: Anglo-Muslim Relations in ...

Diane Robinson-Dunn - 2006 - 225 pages
...England stood. One quoted the oftrepeated lines Slaves cannot breathe in England: when their lungs reach our air, that moment they are free, they touch our country, and their shackles fall and stated that the poet, if still alive, would have to rewrite those treasured words...
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