An Enquiry Concerning the Intellectual and Moral Faculties, and Literature of Negroes: Followed with an Account of the Life and Works of Fifteen Negroes & Mulattoes, Distinguished in Science, Literature and the Arts

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Thomas Kirk, 1810 - African Americans - 253 pages

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An Enquiry Concerning the Intellectual and Moral Faculties, and Literature of Negroes (American History Through Literature)

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Gregoire was a 19th-century French Catholic bishop, an abolitionist, and one of the first to treat the subject of blacks in society. First published in English in 1810, this is a good title for Black History Month. Read full review

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First English translation of the 1808 French work by Gregoire on the equality of Blacks (Negroes) and Jews
see Page 39 about one of the three reasons for racism being a denial of the "narration of Moses" on the grounds of polygenism (

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Page 12 - sacred soil, the altar and the god sink together in the dust; his soul walks abroad in her own majesty; his body swells beyond the measure of his chains, that burst from around him, and he stands redeemed, regenerated and disenthralled, by the irresistible genius -of universal emancipation."*
Page 11 - burnt upon him ; no matter in what disastrous battle his liberty may have been cloven down ; no matter with what solemnities he may have been devoted on the altar of slavery : the first moment he touches our sacred soil, the altar and the god sink together in the dust; his
Page 237 - fancy'd happy seat: What pangs excruciating must molest, What sorrows labour in my parents' breast ? Steel'd was that soul, and by no misery mov'd, That from a father' seized his babe belov'd : Such, such my case : And can I then but pray
Page 236 - awake the sacred lyre, While thy fair sisters fan the pleasing fire : The bow'rs, the gales, the variegated skies In all their pleasures in my bosom rise. See in the east th' illustrious king of day ! His rising radiance drives the shades away— But Oh ! I feel his fervid beams too strong, And scarce begun, concludes
Page 237 - Thus from the splendors of the morning light The owl in sadness seeks the caves of night. No more, America, in mournful strain Of wrongs, and grievance unredress'd complain, No longer shalt thou dread the iron chain, Which wanton Tyranny with lawless hand Had made, and with it meant t* enslave the land. Should you, my lord, while you peruse my song, Wonder from whence my love of
Page 237 - Whence flow the wishes for the common good, By feeling hearts alone best understood : I, young in life ; by seeming cruel fate Was snatch'd from
Page 215 - . Dispel thy doubts, with confidence ascend The regal dome, and hail him for thy friend : Nor blush, altho' in garb funereal drest Thy body's white, tho' clad in sable vest. Manners unsullied, and the radiant glow Of genius, burning with desire to know ; And learned speech, with modest accent worn Shall best the sooty African adorn.
Page 242 - mingle with the animals in the middle of the street—if a subscription were made to have them lashed in a mass, and their backs. to prevent gangrene, covered with pepper and with salt—if the forfeit for killing them were but a trifling
Page 172 - skilled in the knowledge of the Greek and Latin languages, delivered with success, private lectures on philosophy, which are highly praised in the same letter. In a syllabus, published by the Dean of the Philosophical Faculty, it is said of this learned negro, that having
Page 113 - hospitable : their amiable simplicity, says he, in this enchanting country, recalled to me the idea of the primitive race of man : I thought I saw the world in its infancy. They have generally preserved an estimable simplicity of domestic manners. They are

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