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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 Quarterly Review - Page 117
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The Passing Figure: Racial Confusion in Modern American Literature

Juda Bennett - 1996 - 142 pages
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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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Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Critical Reader

Karen L. Kilcup - 1998 - 272 pages
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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 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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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...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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