Item #75442 A Preliminary Essay on the Oppression of the Exiled Sons of Africa. Consisting of Animadversions on the Impolicy and Barbarity of the Deleterious Commerce and Subsequent Slavery of the Human Species; to which Is Added, a Desultory Letter Written to Napoleon Bonaparte, Anno Domini, 1801. Thomas Branagan.
A Preliminary Essay on the Oppression of the Exiled Sons of Africa. Consisting of Animadversions on the Impolicy and Barbarity of the Deleterious Commerce and Subsequent Slavery of the Human Species; to which Is Added, a Desultory Letter Written to Napoleon Bonaparte, Anno Domini, 1801
A Preliminary Essay on the Oppression of the Exiled Sons of Africa. Consisting of Animadversions on the Impolicy and Barbarity of the Deleterious Commerce and Subsequent Slavery of the Human Species; to which Is Added, a Desultory Letter Written to Napoleon Bonaparte, Anno Domini, 1801
A Preliminary Essay on the Oppression of the Exiled Sons of Africa. Consisting of Animadversions on the Impolicy and Barbarity of the Deleterious Commerce and Subsequent Slavery of the Human Species; to which Is Added, a Desultory Letter Written to Napoleon Bonaparte, Anno Domini, 1801
A Preliminary Essay on the Oppression of the Exiled Sons of Africa. Consisting of Animadversions on the Impolicy and Barbarity of the Deleterious Commerce and Subsequent Slavery of the Human Species; to which Is Added, a Desultory Letter Written to Napoleon Bonaparte, Anno Domini, 1801
A Preliminary Essay on the Oppression of the Exiled Sons of Africa. Consisting of Animadversions on the Impolicy and Barbarity of the Deleterious Commerce and Subsequent Slavery of the Human Species; to which Is Added, a Desultory Letter Written to Napoleon Bonaparte, Anno Domini, 1801

A Preliminary Essay on the Oppression of the Exiled Sons of Africa. Consisting of Animadversions on the Impolicy and Barbarity of the Deleterious Commerce and Subsequent Slavery of the Human Species; to which Is Added, a Desultory Letter Written to Napoleon Bonaparte, Anno Domini, 1801

Printed for the Author, by John W. Scott, 1804. 1st ed. Hardcover. frontis, 282p. plus [2]p. advertisement for another work by Branagan. Rebound -- recent quarterbinding (marbled boards backed in dark brown leather). 17 cm. One text leaf torn. Contents sound with general foxing, spotting and soil. Some corners creased and there are a few missing bit in the margins and is at least one unrepaired tear with a little damage to text. Lacks any preliminary leaves prior to the frontis leaf. Former owner's name ("John McAleister, Jun.") in ink on the otherwise blank reacto of the frontis leaf. This appears to have been Branagan's first published book. Branagan, born to Roman Catholic parents in Dublin, Ireland, introduces himself on the title-page as follows: "Late slave-trader in Africa and Planter from Antigua, who from conscientious motives, relinquished a lucrative situation on that island; and now from a deep sense of duty, publishes to the world the tragical scenes, of which he was a daily spectator, and in which he was unhappily concerned." He had only been sixteen when he sailed aboard a slaver and only a half dozen or so years older when he became a devout Protestant Christian, thanks apparently to the Moravians or Methodists, and left Antigua to chart a new course for his life. The exact timeline is unclear to us but after going back to Ireland to help settle a family estate, he emigrated to the United States. He arrived in Philadelphia around 1798. He began to preach the gospel, probably as a Methodist, in 1801. Branagan eventually produced twenty or more published works, mostly before 1818. He is largely forgotten today. He was not an especially talented writer, especially by modern standards, but he was prolific, earnest, devout, and a pioneering American figure on the side of the downtrodden. Good. Item #75442

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