Horrors of Slavery: Or, The American Tars in Tripoli by William Ray

By William Ray

Barbary pirates in Africa specified sailors for hundreds of years, usually taking slaves and important ransom in alternate. First released in 1808, Horrors of Slavery is the story of 1 such sailor, captured throughout the United States's first army come upon with the Islamic international, the Tripolitan battle. William Ray, besides 300 crewmates, spent nineteen months in captivity after his send, the Philadelphia, ran aground within the harbor of Tripoli. Imprisoned, Ray witnessed--and chronicled--many of the major moments of the army engagement. as well as delivering a compelling background of a little-known warfare, this ebook offers the precious viewpoint of a standard seaman who used to be as eager about the injustices of the U.S. military as he was once with Barbary pirates.Hester Blum's creation situates Horrors of Slavery in its literary, old, and political contexts, bringing to gentle a vital episode within the early historical past of our country's relatives with Islamic states.A quantity within the Subterranean Lives sequence, edited through Bradford Verter

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3 4 h o r r o r s o f s l av e ry His father, wise as most of men, Found out that five and five made ten; (But still he taught his docile son That one were three, and three were one) And prov’d of philosophic lore, The more we know, we know the more. That pain would pain, and pleasure please him— That fire would burn, and frost would freeze him; And though he could not name the causes Of planets’ motions, and the pauses, He judg’d that black could not be white— Of course, that darkness must be night; Except when some eclipse befell us, Which by ephem’ris he could tell us.

And to his knowledge pedagogic, He added all the pow’rs of Logic; For he could prove from reasons strong, e xo r d i u m 7 That wrong was right, and right was wrong; That is, by Pope’s “unerring light,” He show’d “whatever is, is right”; And hence, by reasons full as strong, Whatever is not, is not wrong; And thus probatum est it stood, That there is neither bad nor good. But halt—the muse flies quite too fast, And some important things has past. Ere yet he reach’d septennial years, To raise his hopes, and calm his fears, Respecting what some zealots tell, How span-long infants roast in hell, Who into it were luckless hurl’d, Before they ever saw the world; ’Twas found expedient he should know The terms of future bliss or woe.

He possessed no contemptible genius, and wrote several excellent things; but, like the unfortunate Chatterton,4 was too modest to give them to the world. He informed me that he was born in the city of Dublin, although by his dialect you would not judge him to be an Irishman. 5 He was a rigid Methodist, a class-leader among those puritans, and early instilled into the minds of his children, the principles of that Religion, to whose gloomy dogmas I have heard him frequently ascribe the origin of much unhappiness.

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