A preliminary essay on the oppression of the exiled sons of Africa /
|Main Creator:||Branagan, Thomas, 1774-1843.|
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New York : Arno Press, 1969.
Anti-slavery crusade in America.
Reprint of the 1804 ed.
Includes "A desultory letter written to Napoleon Bonaparte": p. -282.
The Irish-born Thomas Branagan (1774-1843) is pretty much now forgotten. There has been an essay here and one there but no full-length study, which is long overdue. During his time, he was a tireless champion of the anti-slavery movement and produced during the first decade after his conversion six volumes on the subject, four of them poetry. He had left Ireland as a teenager and worked on slave ships, eventually becoming a foreman on a plantation in Antigua. After a profound religious conversion, he became an itinerant preacher. His Roman Catholic family in Ireland was happy to have the wayward son return but they weren't keen about his new-found Methodism. He moved on to London and winding up in the States, he settled in the Philadelphia area where he continued his abolitionist publishing and preaching. His epic poem, Avenia, would be one of the earliest examples of Irish-American poetry.
The United States had recently acquired the Louisiana Territory from the French and Branagan thought, by establishing a black settlement in the area, it would encourage slave-owners to liberate their bondsmen while also diffusing the potential of a bi-racial state with its attendant problems. This was long before the American Colonization Society was founded in 1817. The idea never caught on but some gradual emancipationists associated with the American Convention of Abolitionists thought it was preferable to the plans of the Colonization Society to repatriate the American blacks back to Africa.
Physical description: 282 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 23 cm.
Spine title: On the oppression of the exiled sons of Africa
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