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An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans   By: (1802-1880)

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In "An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans," Lydia Maria Francis Child delivers a poignant and compassionate call for the immediate abolition of slavery in America. Published in 1833, amidst an era of heightened racial tensions and political debates, Child's book resounds with an unwavering commitment to justice and equality.

At the heart of this powerful work lies Child's impassioned plea to recognize the inherent humanity and rights of individuals of African descent. With meticulous research and compelling arguments, she dismantles the prejudices and misrepresentations surrounding the African American community, challenging the prevailing narrative that had been perpetuated by pro-slavery propagandists.

Child acknowledges the deeply ingrained societal attitudes and the legal framework that supported and perpetuated the institution of slavery, but she refuses to accept these as excuses for maintaining the status quo. Instead, she passionately advocates for the immediate abolition of slavery, presenting a moral and ethical argument rooted in the principles of liberty and justice.

One of the most significant aspects of "An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans" is Child's ability to personalize the suffering of enslaved individuals, humanizing them and forcing readers to confront the harsh realities faced by those held in bondage. Through vivid stories and anecdotes of enslaved individuals, Child aims to instigate empathy and compassion for the African American community. By challenging the dehumanization of enslaved individuals, she envisions a society where all Americans are recognized as equals, regardless of their race or background.

Child's writing style is both eloquent and persuasive, making her arguments accessible to a wide range of readers. She skillfully balances rationality and emotion, delivering a potent combination that leaves a lasting impact. Moreover, her careful research and thorough documentation of historical facts lend credibility to her assertions, making it difficult for any reasonable person to refute her claims.

While "An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans" was undoubtedly a provocative and groundbreaking work for its time, it continues to resonate today, demanding reflection and action. Child's book stands as a courageous and influential contribution to the abolitionist movement, reminding us of the universal struggle for freedom and the imperative to fight against injustice in all its forms.

In conclusion, Lydia Maria Francis Child's "An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans" is a compelling and emotionally charged piece of literature that urged its readers to confront the brutal realities of American slavery. Through her heartfelt arguments and meticulous research, Child makes an irrefutable case for the immediate abolition of slavery, challenging societal attitudes and demanding justice for all. This book serves as a timeless reminder of the ongoing fight against injustice and the necessity of understanding and empathizing with the experiences of others.

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A Table of Contents has been added to this ebook for the reader's convenience. The Index has been moved from its original place at the beginning of the text to the end of the text. The Index has been transcribed to match that of the original document; the reader may find the browser's search function to be a more robust way of locating specific items.

Variant and inconsistent spellings and punctuation have been retained in this ebook to match the original document. Only suspected typographical errors have been corrected. Details of these corrections can be found in a second Transcriber's Note at the end of this text.








"We have offended, Oh! my countrymen! We have offended very grievously, And been most tyrannous. From east to west A groan of accusation pierces Heaven! The wretched plead against us; multitudes, Countless and vehement, the sons of God, Our brethren!"






Reader, I beseech you not to throw down this volume as soon as you have glanced at the title. Read it, if your prejudices will allow, for the very truth's sake: If I have the most trifling claims upon your good will, for an hour's amusement to yourself, or benefit to your children, read it for my sake: Read it, if it be merely to find fresh occasion to sneer at the vulgarity of the cause: Read it, from sheer curiosity to see what a woman (who had much better attend to her household concerns) will say upon such a subject: Read it, on any terms, and my purpose will be gained... Continue reading book >>

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