Adam Smiths Rebuke of the Slave Trade, 1759
By Daniel B. Klein
Adam Smith criticized the inefficiency of slavery in The Wealth of Nations (1776) but published his strongest words against slaverytargeting its injusticesalmost twenty years earlier in The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759). Even in the nineteenth century it was Smiths earlier fulminations that captured the attention of abolitionists and found their way into anti-slavery pamphlets.
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