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An Essay on the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species, particularly the African, translated from a Latin Dissertation, with additions
London, Printed: Philadelphia: Reprinted by Joseph Crukshank, 1786. First American edition. Published the same year as the first edition. xvi, [2], [21]-155, [1, ads] pp. 8vo. Disbound, stitched. Some tears along spine, browning and spotting of text. With the signature of Thomas Shoemaker on the title. First American edition. Published the same year as the first edition. xvi, [2], [21]-155, [1, ads] pp. 8vo. Clarkson (1760-1846), along with William Wilberforce and Granville Sharp, was instrumental in convincing the British public and Parliament of the moral necessity of abolishing the slave trade. Clarkson's "Essay on the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species" (1786) galvanized a small group of abolitionists, though they were without political clout until Wilberforce, an MP, publicly took up the cause a year later. A motion for abolition, championed in Parliament by Wilberforce, was defeated in 1791. Not until 1807 did Parliament pass the act abolishing the slave trade. Kress B1028; Library Company of Philadelphia "Negro History 1553-1903" 46 (for the first edition); PMM 232; Sabin 13484; Shipton and Mooney 19561; Work "A Bibliography of the Negro," p. 258 (first edition)
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