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Thoughts And Sentiments On The Evil & Wicked Traffic Of The Slavery & Commerce Of The Human Species -Title Page

Thoughts And Sentiments On The Evil & Wicked Traffic Of The Slavery & Commerce Of The Human Species -Title Page

Author: Cugoano, Ottobah

Medium: Letterpress

Date: 1787

Shelfmark: 8156.b.22

Item number: Title Page

Length: 19.4

Width: 11.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Printed Text

This is the title page of Quobna Ottobah Cugoano's 'Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil and Wicked Traffic of the Slavery and Commerce of the Human species.' Cugoano was born on the coast of what is now Ghana in the 1750s. He was kidnapped and enslaved when he was about 13 years of age and taken to the island of Grenada where he was forced to work on the plantations. He attained his freedom when he went to England with his owner in 1772, and later found work with Richard Cosway, a court painter. He soon became a leader and spokesman for London's black community. Published in 1787, his book calls for an end to the slave trade and for the emancipation of the enslaved people in the colonies. This public position taken by an African made a significant contribution to the abolitionist cause.

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