Samuel Johnson - • Johnson was a fervent abolitionist,...

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Samuel Johnson Father was a bookseller in the village of Litchfield, Staffordshire. His political writings brought him popular attention. He also wrote literary criticism, including a series of essays on Shakespeare. Later he compiled an edition of Shakespeare’s plays (1765). Johnson was awarded an honorary degree by Trinity College, Dublin (1765), and a lifetime pension by King George III (1762). “Brief to Free a Slave” (1777)
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Unformatted text preview: • Johnson was a fervent abolitionist, and once made a toast at Oxford University, “Here’s to the next insurrection of Negroes in the West Indies” • Slavery had been abolished in England in 1772 but the British slave trade continued until 1807 • What legal and moral reasons does Johnson give for ending slavery? • Johnson also wrote the first real Dictionary of the English Language...
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