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The Fearless Benjamin Lay
The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist | Marcus Rediker
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"The little-known story of an eighteenth-century Quaker dwarf who fiercely attacked slavery and imagined a new, more humane way of life. The Fearless Benjamin Lay chronicles the transatlantic life and times of a singular and astonishing man--a Quaker dwarf who became one of the first ever to demand the total, unconditional emancipation of all enslaved Africans around the world. He performed public guerrilla theater to shame slave masters, insisting that human bondage violated the fundamental principles of Christianity. He wrote a fiery, controversial book against bondage that Benjamin Franklin published in 1738. He lived in a cave, made his own clothes, refused to consume anything produced by slave labor, championed animal rights, and embraced vegetarianism. He acted on his ideals to create a new, practical, revolutionary way of life"--Provided by publisher.
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TieDyeDude
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#two4tuesday @thespineview

1. Tagged. I have had this book on my TBR for years. What a title!

2. No. I have thought about pre-ordering The Dead Cat Tail Assassins, but it is coming out around my birthday, so I will wait and see if it gets gifted. I'm considering pre-ordering 49 Miles Alone, but the library is so much cheaper :-)

TheSpineView You have more restraint than me. 📚📚📚 3w
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BunnyVivienne
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#Baldwin, #LaphamsQuarterly and a most recently finished book, on the og abolitionist, Benjamin Lay. Wonderfully fun to read about this righteous 'eccentric'.

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TieDyeDude
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Did you know that today is International Dwarfism Awareness Day? Neither did I until I serendipitously came across Little People of America in the book I am reading. The organization is on Facebook and Instagram (and probably more, but those are the only ones I'm on). Also, the tagged book sounds fascinating (mentioned in the same book I am reading) #dwarfismawareness

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rwmg
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Fascinating biography of someone who deserves to be much better remembered

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rwmg
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Rediker displays his research chops presenting us with what is known of Benjamin Lay, possibly rescuing an accomplished and unique historical figure from obscurity, though it is a bit dry as a narrative.