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White Slavery in the Barbary States

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Author: Charles Sumner
Published: 1853
Language: English
Wordcount: 29,200 / 96 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57.9
LoC Category: HT
Downloads: 597
Added to site: 2011.07.20
mnybks.net#: 30455
Genre: History
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evil, particularly in Algiers, and in the hope of arousing his countrymen to the generous work of emancipation, the good father exclaims,[6] in words which will continue to thrill the soul,--so long as a single fetter binds a single slave,--"Where is charity? Where is the love of God? Where is the zeal for his glory? Where is desire for his service? Where is human pity and the compassion of man for man? Certainly to redeem a captive, to liberate him from wretched slavery, is the highest work of charity, of all that can be done in this world."

[Footnote 6: Pp. 140, 141.]

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Not long after the dark experience of Cervantes, another person, of another country and language, and of a still higher character, St. Vincent de Paul, of France, underwent the same cruel lot. Happily for the world, he escaped from slavery, to commence at home that long career of charity--nobler than any glories of literature--signalized by various Christian efforts, against duels, for peace, for the poor, a

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