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First released in French in 1808 and translated into English years later lower than the name An Enquiry in regards to the highbrow and ethical colleges, and Literature of the Negroes, this e-book used to be a touchstone for nineteenth-century abolitionists in England and the us. Written through Abbe Henri Gregoire (1750-1831), it argued vigorously opposed to assumptions of black inferiority and in desire of the humanity, equality, and cultural achievements of individuals of African historical past. His treatise summarized many of the on hand written concept on race as much as that point. a number one activist within the French Revolution, Gregoire mirrored in his arguments the spirit of "libertie, egalite, and fraternite" and expected twentieth-century race inquiry and concept. even if influential in its time, the 1st translation of Gregoire's paintings was once incomplete and wrong. This new version provides a clean, exact, and entire textual content of this key record within the heritage of Western racial idea. The publication contains a vast biography of Gregoire and research of the historic context within which he wrote and the effect of his paintings.

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