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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
I RECOLLECT to have heard the celebrated
professor Millar* of the university of Glasgow^
observe, in his course of civil law* " that the
mind revolts at the idea of a serious discussion on
the subject of slavery. Every individual, what»
ever be his Country or complexion, is entitled to
freedom. The happiness of the poor man is of as
much importance as that of the rich. No man has
a right to reduce another to the condition of the
brute. No individual can sell his liberty. The
bargain is unequal, and ought to be broken. Negro slavery is contrary to the sentiments of hu=>
inanity and the principles of justice*'^
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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
Chapter I, Concerning the signification of the word negro. Ought all blacks to be included under the denomination? Difference of opinion concerning their origin. Unity of the primitive type of the human race.
Chapter II, Opinions relative to the moral inferiority of Negroes. Discussions on this subject. Of the obstacles which slavery opposes to the development of their faculties. These obstacles combatted by the christian religion. Of bishops and negro priests.