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QUOTES ON SLAVERY
 
 
Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, speech, Mar. 17, 1865

Slavery is no scholar, no improver; it does not love the whistle of the railroad; it does not love the newspaper, the mail-bag, a college, a book or a preacher who has the absurd whim of saying what he thinks; it does not increase the white population; it does not improve the soil; everything goes to decay.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, speech, Aug. 1, 1844

I have often sung to drown my sorrow, but seldom to express my happiness. Crying for joy, and singing for joy, were alike uncommon to me while in the jaws of slavery. The singing of a man cast away upon a desolate island might be as appropriately considered as evidence of contentment and happiness, as the singing of a slave; the songs of the one and of the other are prompted by the same emotion.

FREDERICK DOUGLASS, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

For some slaves, the first step out of bondage is to learn to see their lives with new eyes. Their reality is a social world where they have their place and some assurance of a subsistence diet. Born into slavery, they cannot easily redefine their lives outside the frame of enslavement.

KEVIN BALES, Understanding Global Slavery

As long as the mind is enslaved, the body can never be free. Psychological freedom, a firm sense of self-esteem, is the most powerful weapon against the long night of physical slavery.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, speech, Aug. 16, 1967

Once slavery in America was not seen as radical. It became, instead, a revolutionary idea that slaves should be freed. When we have lived under a pernicious power long enough, no matter how oppressive, we grow so accustomed to the yoke that its removal seems frightening, even wrong.

GERRY L. SPENCE, From Freedom to Slavery

The fact is, that civilisation requires slaves. The Greeks were quite right there. Unless there are slaves to do the ugly, horrible, uninteresting work, culture and contemplation become almost impossible. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.

OSCAR WILDE, The Soul of Man Under Socialism

Hatred, slavery's inevitable aftermath.

JOSÉ MARTÍ, Woman Suffrage

Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.... The subjection of individuals will increase amongst democratic nations, not only in the same proportion as their equality, but in the same proportion as their ignorance.

ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE, Democracy in America

Slavery is theft -- theft of a life, theft of work, theft of any property or produce, theft even of the children a slave might have borne.

KEVIN BALES, Understanding Global Slavery

Not only do I pray for it, on the score of human dignity, but I can clearly forsee that nothing but the rooting out of slavery can perpetuate the existence of our union, by consolidating it in a common bond of principle.

GEORGE WASHINGTON, attributed, John Bernard's Retrospections of America

Slavery is no more sinful, by the Christian code, than it is sinful to wear a whole coat, while another is in tatters, to eat a better meal than a neighbor, or otherwise to enjoy ease and plenty, while our fellow creatures are suffering and in want.

JAMES FENIMORE COOPER, The American Democrat

Talk about slavery! It is not the peculiar institution of the South. It exists wherever men are bought and sold, wherever a man allows himself to be made a mere thing or a tool, and surrenders his inalienable rights of reason and conscience. Indeed, this slavery is more complete than that which enslaves the body alone.... I never yet met with, or heard of, a judge who was not a slave of this kind, and so the finest and most unfailing weapon of injustice. He fetches a slightly higher price than the black men only because he is a more valuable slave.

HENRY DAVID THOREAU, journal, Dec. 4, 1860

Look back, to slavery, to suffrage, to integration and one thing is clear. Fashions in bigotry come and go. The right thing lasts.

ANNA QUINDLEN, New York Times, Jan. 31, 1993

We say that slavery has vanished from European civilization, but this is not true. Slavery still exists, but now it applies only to women and its name is prostitution.

VICTOR HUGO, Les Misérables

Slavery can only be abolished by raising the character of the people who compose the nation; and that can be done only by showing them a higher one.

MARIA WESTON CHAPMAN, speech, 1855

When we acknowledge the kingdom of the self, we will no longer accept slavery either for ourselves or for others, no matter how it is disguised.

GERRY L. SPENCE, From Freedom to Slavery

In nothing was slavery so savage and relentless as in its attempted destruction of the family instincts of the Negro race in America. Individuals, not families; shelters, not homes; herding, not marriages, were the cardinal sins in that system of horrors.

FANNIE BARRIER WILLIAMS, Loewenberg's Black Women in Nineteenth-Century American Life

Slavery as an institution that degraded man to a thing has never died out. In some periods of history it has flourished: many civilizations have climbed to power and glory on the backs of slaves. In other times slaves have dwindled in number and economic importance. But never has slavery disappeared.

MILTON MELTZER, Slavery: A World History

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

GEORGE ORWELL, Nineteen Eighty-Four

In most ages many countries have had part of their inhabitants in a state of slavery; yet it may be doubted whether slavery can ever be supposed the natural condition of man. It is impossible not to conceive that men in their original state were equal; and very difficult to imagine how one would be subjected to another but by violent compulsion. An individual may, indeed, forfeit his liberty by a crime; but he cannot by that crime forfeit the liberty of his children.

SAMUEL JOHNSON, Life of Samuel Johnson, Sep. 23, 1777

Willingly no one chooses the yoke of slavery.

AESCHYLUS, Agamemnon

Slavery may, perhaps, be best compared to the infantile disease of measles; a complaint which so commonly attacks the young of humanity in their infancy, and when gone through at that period leaves behind it so few fatal marks; but which when it normally attacks the fully developed adult becomes one of the most virulent and toxic of diseases, often permanently poisoning the constitution where it does not end in death.

OLIVE SCHREINER, Thoughts on South Africa

It would seem that man was born a slave, and that slavery is his natural condition. At the same time nothing on earth can stop man from feeling himself born for liberty. Never, whatever may happen, can he accept servitude; for he is a thinking creature.

SIMONE WEIL, Oppression and Liberty

No slavery can be abolished without a double emancipation, and the master will benefit by freedom more than the freed-man.

THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY, Aphorisms and Reflections
 
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Peter, a slave from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1863. The scars are a result of a whipping by his overseer, who was subsequently discharged. It took two months to recover from the beating.
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Death of Captain ferrer, the Captain of the Amistad. Broadside. New Haven, 1840 by John W. Barber. The Gilder Lehrman collection. Free at Last: A History of the Abolition of Slavery in America @1997 The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.



Men of Color to Arms! To Arms! Broadside, ca. 1863. The Gilder Lehrman collection. Free at Last: A History of the Abolition of Slavery in America @1997 The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History



Ezra Weld. Frederick Douglass at an Outdoor Abolitionist Meeting. Daguerreotype, 1850. Madison County Historical Society, Oneida, New York. Free at Last: A History of the Abolition of Slavery in America @1997 The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History


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« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2007, 11:02:24 pm »

Sometimes, I wonder, if God will ever forgive us for what we have done to each other.

And then, I look around me and I see, God left this place long ago.
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