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Freedom’s DebtThe Royal African Company and the Politics of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1672-1752$
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William A. Pettigrew

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469611815

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469611815.001.0001

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Confused Commemorations

Confused Commemorations

(p.210) (p.211) Epilogue Confused Commemorations
Freedom’s Debt

William A. Pettigrew

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter summarizes the preceding discussions and presents some final thoughts. It argues that the development of the slave trade and the establishment of American slavery cannot be separated from the development of modern society, its creeds and its institutions. The hallmarks of modern society—representative democracy, civil society, and individual interests—all bear the responsibility for slavery. In helping to expand slavery, freedom has incurred a debt. Freedom’s role in helping to end the slave trade and slavery partially satisfies that debt.

Keywords:   abolitionists, slave trade, Glorious Revolution, slavery, freedom, modern society

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