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The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist

Author: Marcus Rediker
Pub Date: 07/09/2017
Publisher: Verso Books
The Fearless Benjamin Lay chronicles the transatlantic life and times of a singular and astonishing man - a Quaker dwarf who became one of the first white people to demand the emancipation of all enslaved Africans around the world.
ISBN: 9781786634719
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£17.99



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The Fearless Benjamin Lay chronicles the transatlantic life and times of a singular and astonishing man - a Quaker dwarf who became one of the first white people ever to demand the total, unconditional emancipation of all enslaved Africans around the world. He performed public guerrilla theatre to shame slave masters, insisting that human bondage violated the fundamental principles of Christianity. He wrote a fiery, controversial book against bondage that Benjamin Franklin published in 1738. He lived in a cave, made his own clothes, refused to consume anything produced by slave labour, championed animal rights, and embraced vegetarianism. He acted on his ideals to create a new, practical, revolutionary way of life.
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