Though the Heavens May Fall: The Landmark Trial That Led to the End of Human Slavery

Though the Heavens May Fall: The Landmark Trial That Led to the End of Human Slavery

by Steven M. Wise


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ISBN-13: 9780306814501
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 12/14/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Steven M. Wise, J.D., has practiced animal law for over twenty years and has taught at the Harvard, Vermont, and John Marshall law schools. He is President of the Center for the Expansion of Fundamental Rights, which he founded in 1995. The author of Rattling the Cage, praised by Cass Sunstein as "an impassioned, fascinating, and in many ways startling book" (New York Times Book Review), and Drawing the Line, which Nature called "provocative and disturbing," he has been profiled nationally by such publications as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Time magazine.

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Though the Heavens May Fall: The Landmark Trial That Led to the End of Human Slavery 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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It is with a certain amount of trepidation that I write this review since I am neither a writer, a lawyer, a solicitor, a barrister or a serjeant [a title not defined for the period 1770 in the Encyclopedia Britannica of 1982]. The prose and speeches of most the quoted participants is thoroughly uplifting. Pure gems. And there are many of them. Wonderful personalities and descriptions thereof. Granville Sharp, Mansfield, Davy, Dunning¿.An inspiring read that raises questions why England was able to ban slavery by a judge¿s decision and in the US it took a strong president, a self-crippling war, thousands of dead¿and the `deadly¿ feeling can still be felt. I do find the authors style to be trying, and that is why I award only 4 stars. With clearer writing, 5 stars. I find the continual interjection of thoughts and background items interrupts the drama. Example of one of the worst: The seventh line of Page 180 reads. Lord Mansfield began to speak. Then is a long explanation of what he might say¿and Mansfield actually began speaking at the bottom of Page 181. A personal aside: I enjoyed the interjection of John Wilkes, a parliamentarian and a staunch supporter of the American Revolution along with fellow parliamentarian, Barre, form the basis for the name of the city of Wilkes-Barre.