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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. "
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The Blacks in Canada: A History

Robin W. Winks, Robin William Winks - 1997 - 546 pages
...of 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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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 all thy faults,...
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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...free; They touch our country, and their shackles fall. " COWPER. LONDON: WILLIAM TWEEDIE, 337, STRAND. i860. Ellen Craft, the fugitive slave. PREFACE. HAVING...
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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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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 vote; if he goes...
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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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The Poetry of Slavery: An Anglo-American Anthology, 1764-1865

Marcus Wood - 2003 - 704 pages
...why abroad? And they themselves once ferried o'er the wave That parts us, are emancipate and loos'd. Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lungs Receive...bespeaks a nation proud And jealous of the blessing. Spread it then, And let it circulate through every vein Of all your empire; that where Britain's power...
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William Cowper: Selected Poems

William Cowper - 2003 - 119 pages
...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; They touch...bespeaks a nation proud And jealous of the blessing. Spread it then, And let it circulate through ev'ry vein Of all your empire; that where Britain's pow'r...
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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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