Jakob Daniels' Atlantic Slave Trade Paper .pdf

Open to new theories and so when he read an

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open to new theories, and so when he read an indictment from Anthony Benezet it “opened” his eyes “to the evils of slavery”(Wesley in Perry, 21). He wrote Thoughts Upon Slavery was published in 1774 when he was around 71 years old. Malachy Postlethwayt was born in 1707 and died on 1767. He was born in Stepney, London, United Kingdom. He was a well-known economist, and he was paid by the Royal African Company and wrote in their defense. He wrote The Nature and Private Advantages of the African Trade Considered: Being an Enquiry How Far It Concerns the Trading Interest of Great Britain, Effectually to Support and Maintain the Forts and Settlements in Africa Belonging to the Royal African Company of England in 1746 when he was about 39 years old. Wesley personally wanted to write on slavery but Postlethwayt was paid and maybe did not even care for slavery for all we know. After looking at their backgrounds, I am ready to dive into their works stated above to compare both historical figures and their documents. To begin, I will compare the similarities between the two documents and their writers. First, they are both writing about slavery when it’s changing the tide of proslavery into antislavery in England at its peak. Malachy Postlethwayt was trying to defend slavery in its early
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Daniels, 3 years of slaveries demise and John Wesley was doing the opposite of that by being against slavery. To give historical context, both of them were major components to the “tide” change in England. I would say that it made each one of them the face of their sides. One is the face of proslavery and the other was the face of antislavery. Next, both are paramount historical figures, and not just because of these two documents and the “battle” of slavery but for other things as well. As stated above in my paper, Wesley had co-founded Methodism. he made use of a pietist prayer now generally known as the Wesley Covenant Prayer. Wesley also adapted the Book of Common Prayer for use by American Methodists. Postlethwayt was popular for his production of the dictionary reference titled The Universal Dictionary of Trade and Commerce and Great Britain's True System in 1757. He also was a highly touted economist in his time period which is why his opinion mattered in the eyes of the reader. Finally, both of the writers in these historical documents use imagery to help persuade the reader. Malachy Postlethwayt gives imagery of
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  • Spring '16
  • Francesca Bortoletti
  • John Wesley, Malachy Postlethwayt

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