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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. "
Poems - Page 35
by William Cowper - 1790 - 298 pages
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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
...Windsor Castle was unable to find any record of it. 131 Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lungs Receive our air, that 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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The North Carolina Roots of African American Literature: An Anthology

William L. Andrews - 2006 - 314 pages
...lustre and perfume; And we are weeds without it." "Slaves cannot breathe in England; If their lungs receive our air, that 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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Shadow of Death: Literature, Romanticism and the Subject of Punishment

Mark Canuel - 2007 - 206 pages
...laws" (12). Rather than withdrawing British power from Africa, he urges readers of The Task (1785) to "Spread it, then / And let it circulate through ev'ry vein / Of all your empire; that where Britain's pow'r / Is felt, mankind may feel her mercy too" (2.44-47). What becomes perfectly clear, moreover,...
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