Tuesday, March 27, 2007

1779

Page 584 of HW Brands "The First American: the Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin" on treatment of prisoners during the Revolutionary War:

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The Parliamentary opposition to the North ministry seized on the suspension of habeas corpus, as it related to American prisoners, and attacked the government for hypocritically undermining essential English institutions in the name of defending them. English prisons were a scandal in the best of times, and though conditions there pri cked few consciences regarding regular felons, the harsh treatment accorded the Americans elicited letters to eidtors and other forms of low-grade protest.
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That was in 1779.
We've come so far.

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