A Just Defense of the Natural Freedom of Slaves: All Slaves Should be Free (1682)

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Edwin Mellen Press, 2007 - History - 486 pages
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This work presents a translation of one voice crying out against the evils of slavery - few of these voices existed, in the Roman Catholic Church of the Americas in the 17th and18th centuries. Slave-owners refused to listen, but if they did, they defended and supported slavery. Those who spoke up were often silenced by state and church officials. The main contribution of this work is to make available a unique text in both transcription and translation that reviews and refutes a series of arguments used in colonial times to support slavery.

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Contents

Argumentum libri quinque conclusionibus digestum Wl 2
4
Summary of the Books Argument in Five Conclusions
5
Prologue
7
14 14
14
From the End the Beginning
31
Contra ius naturae fiunt mancipia Nigri Affricae 34 34
34
Black African Slavery Contradicts the Order of Nature
80
Black African Slavery Contradicts
110
Avendanos Scrutiny of Molinas Statements Is Next
252
Examinantur dicta Rebelli relata ab Avendano 108108
284
Scrutiny of Avendanos Report on Rebellos Statements
285
Examinantur caeteri ab Avendano relati 117117
308
Scrutiny of Avendanos Report on Others
309
Refutation of Excuses
332
Masters Must Pay Blacks Back Wages for Their Labor
362
Caput 14 Non solum tenentur domini rcstituere libertatem 238148
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Divine Positive
111
Contra ius gentium Nigri sunt servi 60 60
146
Black Slavery Contradicts the Law of Nations
147
Scrutiny of Two Other Titles of Just Slavery
176
Scrutiny of the Arguments of Adversaries
204
Scrutiny of Avendanos Report
230
Masters Must Give Blacks Back Not Only Freedom
397
The Obligation to Make Restitution Continued
417
Notes
441
Bibliography
471
Index
479
Copyright

About the author (2007)

Edward R. Sunshine is Associate Professor of Theology at Barry University.

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