1607: Jamestown and the New World by Dennis Montgomery

By Dennis Montgomery

1607 vividly tells the tale of the founding of Jamestown, recounting the location of the unique Indian population, the arriving of the British settlers four hundred years in the past, the construction of the city, and glossy excavations on the web site. alongside the way in which, we meet such general figures as King James, John Smith, and Pocahontas. We additionally stumble upon unusual episodes of cannibalism and skullduggery, heroism and romantic love. The e-book is a compilation of articles from Colonial Williamsburg journal.

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The humblest peasant is as free in the sight of God as the proudest monarch that ever swayed a sceptre. ” For exhortative speakers, such evil divides the world in two, with the good on one side sharply separated from the bad on the other. In that way, Garnet could bind free African Americans with their enslaved brethren. ” A fugitive slave himself who had lost his family to bounty hunters, Garnet’s declaration of the kinship between free and enslaved African Americans draws upon his experience rather than his poetic imagination.

Midway through the speech, he attacks this subject with a series of provocatively worded imperative sentences: “Look around you, and behold the bosoms of your loving wives heaving with untold agonies! Hear the cries of your poor children! Remember the stripes your fathers bore. Think of the torture and disgrace of your noble mothers. ” Twice in the speech he returns to that theme, including once in the conclusion. Throughout the speech, his language, especially the verbs, adjectives, and epithets, underlines the emotional cruelty of slavery.

Nineteen struck for liberty or death. But one life was taken, and the whole were emancipated, and the vessel was carried into Nassau, New Providence. Noble men! Those who have fallen in freedom’s conflict, their memories will be cherished by the true hearted and the God fearing in all future generations; those who are living, their names are surrounded by a halo of glory. Brethren, arise, arise! Strike for your lives and liberties. Now is the day and the hour. Let every slave throughout the land do this, and the days of slavery are numbered.

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