“Anthony Benezet was a gentle schoolmaster, whose tenderness embraced the sable child in the soft caress of affection ; he was a philanthropist, who for forty years gave generously, without public proclamation, daily bread to hungry people, and at the end of a life of self-denial dedicated his small fortune to the instruction of [African Americans] and Indians; he was an author, who garnered the thoughts of the ages on subjects of vital importance, and crystallized them for the edification of his own day; he was a lover of human freedom, who, whenever he saw in justice and oppression, shuddered as an aeolian string quivers in the tempest; he was a Quaker, who did more than any other man of his day by pen and personal appeal to quicken the conscience of his own Society of Friends in the matter of slavery.” -from the first chapter of the book.
Courtesy University of Pennsylvania Press.
Download this document now or read it below.
Unless otherwise noted, you are free to use this work under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
CONTRIBUTOR: George S Brookes