What is the message in the poem "The Warning"?

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet whose life spanned most of the nineteenth century, and his poem “The Warning” is exactly what its title implies: a warning against the practice of slavery in the United States at the time. Longfellow was an abolitionist and wrote a number of poems to aid in the anti-slavery movement. In “The Warning,” he draws a comparison between African-American slaves and Samson, the famous judge from Hebrew scripture, who became enslaved...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on December 23, 2019