Slavery and abolition:

It has been a hard topic to go through. John Newton’s journal was terribly difficult to read. He talked about slavery as it was a very normal thing. Black people were reduced to commodities and their deaths were just another number to cut off. The sailors tried to rape the women, some of them jumped out of the ship in shame. “The Dying Negro. A Poem” was devastating especially because it was inspired by the true story of a slave who escaped from his master to marry a white servant.

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