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To be silent-- would be criminal : the antislavery influence and writings of Anthony Benezet /
Irv A. Brendlinger.
imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2007.
description
xiii, 229 p.
ISBN
0810857650 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780810857650 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2007.
isbn
0810857650 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780810857650 (pbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Introduction -- Benjamin Lay and early protesters -- Benezet's life, an overview -- Benezet's antislavery writing -- Benezet's most explicit influence -- Others influenced by Benezet -- In response to the closing of the life -- Letters -- Tracts.
catalogue key
6008127
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Irv A. Brendlinger is professor of church history and theology at George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon
Reviews
Review Quotes
In tracing the life of Anthony Benezet, an 18th-century opponent to slavery and the African slave trade, Brendlinger (church history and theology, George Fox U.) follows the evolution of antislavery activity in America. In addition to Benezet's antislavery tracts, Brendlinger includes Benezet's correspondence with his contemporaries, which provides insights into his relationships and his desire to build a viable network to oppose slavery.
The reader who understands the purpose and scope of the book will be fascinated....Brendlinger does us all a valuable service.
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Summaries
Main Description
Born in 1713 of French Huguenot stock, Philadelphia Quaker Anthony Benezet was probably the most significant force in advancing the battle against slavery and the African slave trade in the eighteenth century. While the names of abolitionists like Granville Sharp, William Wilberforce, Thomas Clarkson, and John Wesley are familiar to many, the name Anthony Benezet is seldom recognized. And yet it was his work that reinforced Sharp's legal battles, his tracts that singularly influenced both Clarkson and Wesley to join the cause, and his friendship with Benjamin Franklin that encouraged Franklin to lead the American antislavery society after Benezet's death.
Long Description
Born in 1713 of French Huguenot stock, Philadelphia Quaker Anthony Benezet was probably the most significant force in advancing the cause against slavery and the African slave trade in the eighteenth century. However, while abolitionists like Granville Sharp, William Wilberforce, Thomas Clarkson, and John Wesley are familiar, the name "Benezet" is hardly recognized. And yet, it was his work that reinforced Sharp's legal battles, his tracts that singularly influenced both Wesley and Clarkson to join the cause, and his friendship with Benjamin Franklin that led to Franklin leading the American antislavery society after Benezet's death. To Be Silent... Would Be Criminal introduces the development of antislavery activity in America and then traces the life of Benezet, examining both his work and influence on individuals, including Wesley, Sharp, Clarkson, and Franklin. Benezet's correspondence with these and other contemporaries is reproduced here, giving insight into his relationships and his desire to build a viable network to oppose slavery. It's from a letter Benezet wrote to Lady Huntingdon, the chief administer behind the Calvinistic wing of Methodism, that the title of this book is derived: "...where the lives & natural as well as religious welfare of so vast a number of our Fellow Creatures is concerned, to be Silent, where we apprehend it a duty to speak our sense of that which causes us to go mourning on our way, would be criminal." With one exception, all of Benezet's antislavery tracts, which are otherwise available only in special archives, are replicated in full within the book, further demonstrating Benezet's uniquely significant role in the eventual victory over slavery.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Editors' Forewordp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Chronologyp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Benjamin Lay and Early Protestersp. 3
Benezet's Life, An Overviewp. 9
Benezet's Antislavery Writingp. 15
Benezet's Most Explicit Influencep. 19
Others Influenced by Benezetp. 29
In Response to the Closing of the Life...p. 41
Lettersp. 47
Tractsp. 115
Afterwordp. 221
Bibliographyp. 223
Indexp. 225
About the Authorp. 229
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