This Bloody Life


RE: Slavery

Great site and full of information.

I have a few questions.

Slavery was abolished in the US in 1863 by the Emancipation Proclamation.

I believe that slavery continued in the Western Hemisphere until 1889 when it was abolished in Brazil.

Question: What happened to the people (or government employees/politicians) who supported the abolition in Brazil?

Question: Were there any other countries in the Western Hemisphere between the time America (USA) and Brazil that had slaves.

Question: When did England officially abolish the building of slave ships?

Question: Did any other country engage in the building of ships solely for the purpose of transporting slaves?

Many thanks for your hard effort and excellent commentary.

--- Lawrence Klepinger
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RE: Reymundo Sanchez

Hay umm i constantly wonder why reymundo won't e-mail any of us back.

I understand the whole privacy and safety thing but can't he just answer at least one time?? I guess I wanted to say his books were good.

--- "manny a"

Hi, Manny:

People who write often turn out not to be the people they are ... or think they are. Or not to be even who we think they are ... or should be.

For instance, Ernest Hemingway was famous as being a writer of tender mercy. But, in person, he was gruff, crude, often demeaning to others.

Emily Dickinson's verse floated pure and clean, and, although she wore white dresses every day, she holed her self up in her room there in Brockton and would only talk to people from behind a curtain.

James Baldwin wrote hard, no-nonsense prose, consistently harsh when treating the prejudices of his day. He could, for instance, write [as quoted by Osha Neumann],

    I reject your theology, your history, your morality by which you don't live, your Gods and your standards and in total all of it, lock, stock and barrel, because you don't live by them and I know that you don't live by them by the way you treat me.

Yet when one met him, and I met him once, some forty years ago, he was shy, diffident, off-putting.

Having given birth to a book or a poem, some authors may want to move on. They may be proud of what they have produced; or they may --- like Chaucer --- be ashamed of what turned up in their youth. In later life, Chaucer renounced The Canterbury Tales. He claimed the work was contrary to his new-found religious beliefs.

--- A. W. Allworthy
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