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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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The Passing Figure: Racial Confusion in Modern American Literature

Juda Bennett - 1996 - 142 pages
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The Educational Works: Abridgement of Murray's English grammar

Lindley Murray - 1996 - 228 pages
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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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Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Critical Reader

Karen L. Kilcup - 1998 - 272 pages
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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
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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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Romanticism: An Anthology: with CD-ROM, Second Edition

Duncan Wu, David S. Miall - 2000 - 1121 pages
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Slave Narratives (LOA #114): Ukawsaw Gronniosaw / Olaudah Equiano / Nat ...

William L. Andrews, Henry Louis Gates - 2000 - 992 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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