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A Disquisition on Egyptian, Roman and American slavaery Paperback – January 1, 1831


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  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Library (January 1, 1831)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1429706511
  • ISBN-13: 978-1429706513
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,182,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barrie W. Bracken on June 23, 2008
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that Amazon has been reluctant to publish. Who knows why?

We don't know the reason the author used this pseudonym, perhaps he or she feared retribution, thought the work would not be taken seriously if the true name was given, or simply wanted to add power to the work by use of the name Onesimus. The pamphlet was published in 1831 and the use of the name shows even then the prevalence of the apostle Paul's epistle to Philemon is widely accepted among the pro-slavery on anti-slavery exponents. This is a pamphlet of 35 pages and each page is so filled with profound statements that it is hard to provide a review without the temptation of quoting the whole book. To a large extent this work could be a criticism of contemporary (that is 21st-century) political ideologues and proponents of radical religious fundamentalism.

The work begins with a condemnation of the religious right of the author's day.

"They can dwell with vehemence upon the horrors of intemperance, and concert plans to lower our national Congress into a perversion of the most inviolable maxims of our government, in order to consecrate a Jewish Sabbath, and rid our country is a crime of profanation; and they can wear out the patience of our congregations, inter alia and vague harangues upon the necessity of temperance societies, to put the drunkard to the blush, while they can shed a flood of tears over the wretchedness of his impoverished wife and children. But point them to the bleeding backs of a degraded, half starved, and naked African population around them, who are not of the rights which the God of heaven endowed them with, and immediately their tears are dried up." [p.
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