Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
|Context||Slaves suffered from a great deal of violence|
|Audience||The general public|
|Purpose||To generate support for the anti-slavery movement|
Many historians of slavery have
emphasized the cruel and violent nature
of the institution. So did those who
opposed slavery before the Civil War.
Thomas Branagan was an Irish immigrant who had worked as a slave trader and a planter in Antigua. Upon his conversion to Christianity, he became a vocal critic of the institution of slavery. The image below appeared in Branagan's 1807 book of poems, The Penitential Tyrant.
Branagan did not support slavery, neither did he desire immediate emancipation. If former slaves were to remain in the United States, Branagan believed that they should colonize the west. He also wrote against miscegenation.