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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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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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Africa: Containing a Description of the Manners and Customs, with ..., Volume 4

Frederic Shoberl - 2001 - 202 pages
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Negro History Bulletin, Volume 13

Carter Godwin Woodson - 1950
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Slavery, Empathy, and Pornography

Marcus Wood - 2002 - 467 pages
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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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Narrative of My Escape from Slavery

Moses Roper - 2003 - 64 pages
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Mansfield Park

Jane Austen - 2003 - 418 pages
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