what was defoe's position on slavery?

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If you are to look carefully at the writings of Defoe, particularly his treatment of slavery, he makes it very clear that he thinks the slave trade is abominable.  He does a fine job of portraying this sentiment in his novel, Robinson Crusoe, as well.  If you look at the treatment of Friday in the novel, Crusoe always demonstrates a great deal of respect for him and his great abilities, skills that often get Crusoe himself out of trouble.  He also has many opportunities to witness the attitude of others towards Friday to understand the evil of prejudice and the idea that some humans are not quite as human as others.

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