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The slave trade, domestic and foreign Why It Exists, and How It May Be Extinguished   By: (1793-1879)

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In "The Slave Trade, Domestic and Foreign: Why It Exists, and How It May Be Extinguished" by H. C. Carey, readers are exposed to an astute and thought-provoking analysis of the slave trade. Published in 1853, Carey's work contributes significantly to the existing literature on the subject, shedding light on the reasons behind its existence and offering insights on its potential eradication.

This book stands out for its meticulous examination of the various factors that have fueled the slave trade, both domestically and internationally. Carey expertly delves into economic, political, and social aspects to provide a comprehensive understanding of this reprehensible institution. His research is extensive, enabling readers to grasp the complex web of forces driving the slave trade throughout history.

What sets Carey's work apart is his balanced approach to the subject matter. He acknowledges that the slave trade emerged due to a confluence of factors, such as economic profitability and historical circumstances. Carey critically analyzes the role played by nations, highlighting the complicity of both slave-holding and free nations in perpetuating this cruel practice.

The book's most significant strength lies in its proposed solutions for extinguishing the slave trade. Carey advocates for a multifaceted approach, appealing to both the morals and self-interest of nations involved. His insights illuminate the crucial importance of economic development and raising wages, eradicating poverty and inequality, and promoting education as fundamental steps to combat slavery effectively.

Carey's writing style is engaging and accessible, making the intricate subject matter digestible to a wide range of readers. He employs a mix of historical accounts, statistical analysis, and logical arguments to present his case convincingly. Moreover, the author's passion for justice emanates from every page, further captivating the reader's attention and reinforcing the urgency of abolishing the slave trade.

Despite its relevance and significance, the book does have a few limitations worth noting. Firstly, given that it was published over 150 years ago, some readers may find the language and references outdated. Additionally, while Carey's analysis of the root causes of slavery is meticulous, some arguments could have benefited from a more in-depth exploration to provide a more holistic understanding of the topic.

Overall, "The Slave Trade, Domestic and Foreign: Why It Exists, and How It May Be Extinguished" is an essential read for anyone seeking to comprehend the historical context and underlying factors contributing to the enduring slave trade. H. C. Carey's insightful exploration into the causes and potential remedies marks this book as a valuable contribution to the discourse surrounding this dark chapter in human history.

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The subject discussed in the following pages is one of great importance, and especially so to the people of this country. The views presented for consideration differ widely from those generally entertained, both as regards the cause of evil and the mode of cure; but it does not follow necessarily that they are not correct, as the reader may readily satisfy himself by reflecting upon the fact, that there is scarcely an opinion he now holds, that has not, and at no very distant period, been deemed quite as heretical as any here advanced. In reflecting upon them, and upon the facts by which they are supported, he is requested to bear in mind that the latter are, with very few exceptions, drawn from writers holding views directly opposed to those of the author of this volume; and not therefore to be suspected of any exaggeration of the injurious effects of the system here treated as leading to slavery, or the beneficial ones resulting from that here described as tending to establish perfect and universal freedom of thought, speech, action, and trade... Continue reading book >>

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