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In Some Considerations on the Keeping of Negroes John Woolman clearly expresses his opposition to slavery The writer stresses the theme of equality and the universal human experience He writes of a brotherhood that binds all creatures regardless of color Woolman expresses a do unto others philosophy throughout his work and makes an argument that slavery is a contradiction of religion He supports this argument with frequent biblical references These biblical references which fill both Woolmans Some Considerations on the Keeping of Negroes make clear this apparent contradiction Woolman realizes the controversial nature of his arguments After all the keeping of slaves was an accepted and common practice even among his Quaker Friends In order to combat this he is careful not to admonish too harshly as evident in his introduction to Some Considerations on the Keeping of Negroes In a subtle yet effective manner Woolman invites reflection In the last paragraph of his introduction on page 631 in The Heath Anthology Woolman admits that he writes with reluctance on the issue offering hints written intentionally in as general terms as my Woolmans concern would allow He makes a deliberate choice to avoid being very particular and lays blame upon no one Instead Woolman addresses his readers presumably the white slave-owning population collectively Throughout the piece he refers to his audience using words such as we or us One such example of Woolmans tendency to not point fingers if you will lies on page 633 Here Woolman writes if we continue in the world of Christ and our conduct towards them be seasoned with his love we may hope to see the good effect of it This passage makes heavy use of collective language suggesting unity and togetherness The use of this language and his refusal to admonish or lay blame lends credence to Woolmans argument John Woolman also fills his argument with a theme of unity among all creatures He
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