Bits of history

Some intriguing tidbits of American history that I gleaned from recent reading:

The lone judge to repent of his part in the Salem witch trials was also one of the first white Americans to write against slavery. Samuel Sewall recanted his role in the Salem trials of 1692. In 1700 he published The Selling of Joseph, an antislavery brief that used the Old Testament story of Joseph to insist that just as Joseph’s brothers had no right to sell him into slavery, so no person had the right to sell or possess another.

 

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