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SLAVERY
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[ Also see America Bondage Dependence Despotism Equality Freedom Independence Inequality Labor Liberty Lincoln, Abraham Masters Oppression Persecution Right Rights Servants Servility Servitude Tyranny ]

The very mudsills of society. . . . We call them slaves. . . . But I will not characterize that class at the North with that term; but you have it. It is there, it is everywhere, it is eternal.
      - James Henry Hammond,
        in a speech in the U.S. Senate

Nothing in the world is lawless except a slave.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare

Slavery destroys, or vitiates, or pollutes, whatever it touches. No interest of society escapes the influence of its clinging curse. It makes Southern religion a stench in the nostrils of Christendom; it makes Southern politics a libel upon all the principles of republicanism; it makes Southern literature a travesty upon the honorable profession of letters.
      - Hinton Rowan Helper

Slavery is the parent of ignorance, and ignorance begets a whole brood of follies and vices; and every one of these is inevitably hostile to literary culture.
      - Hinton Rowan Helper

Slavery tolerates no freedom of the press, no freedom of speech, no freedom of opinion.
      - Hinton Rowan Helper

Whatever day
  Makes man a slave, takes half his worth away.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. XVII, l. 392), (Pope's translation)

But this momentous question, like a fire bell in the night, awakened and filled me with terror.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Not the Christian religion only, but nature herself, cries out against the state of slavery.
      - Leo X

Good kings are slaves, and their people are free.
      - Marie Leszczynska (a/k/a Maria Karolina Leszczynska) (Leszcsinski)

Although volume upon volume is written to prove slavery a very good thing, we never hear of the man who wishes to take the good of it by being a slave himself.
      - Abraham Lincoln

I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free.
      - Abraham Lincoln, in a speech

This is a world of compensations, and he who would be no slave must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God, they cannot long retain it.
      - Abraham Lincoln

In giving freedom to the slave we assure freedom to the free,--honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve.
      - Abraham Lincoln,
        Annual Message to Congress

A soil whose air is deemed too pure for slaves to breathe in.
      - Capel Lofft

[England] a soil whose air is deemed too pure for slaves to breathe in.
      - Capel Lofft, Reports
         (p. 2, Margrave's Argument)

They are slaves who fear to speak
  For the fallen and the weak;
    . . . .
      They are slaves who dare not be
        In the right with two or three.
      - James Russell Lowell, Stanzas on Freedom
         (last stanza)

Another of my wishes is to depend as little as possible on the labor of slaves.
      - James Madison

Our opinions agree as to the evil, moral, political, and economical, of slavery.
      - James Madison

Enslave a man and you destroy his ambition, his enterprise, his capacity. In the constitution of human nature, the desire of bettering one's condition is the mainspring of effort. The first touch of slavery snaps this spring.
      - Horace Mann

The air of England has long been too pure for a slave, and every man is free who breathes it.
      - Sir James Mansfield,
        said in the case of a black man, James Somerset, carried from Africa to Jamaica and sold

O execrable son! so to aspire
  Above his brethren, to himself assuming
    Authority usurped, from God not given.
      He gave us only over beast, fish, fowl,
        Dominion absolute; that right we hold
          By his donation; but man over men
            He made not lord; such title to himself
              Reserving, human left from human free.
      - John Milton

Execrable son! so to aspire
  Above his brethren, to himself assuming
    Authority usurp'd, from God not given.
      He gave us only over beast, fish, fowl,
        Dominion absolute; that right we hold
          By his donation; but man over men
            He made not lord; such title to himself
              Reserving, human left from human free.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. XII, l. 64)

Where bastard Freedom waves
  Her fustian flag in mockery over slaves.
      - Thomas Moore, To the Lord Viscount Forbes,
        written from the City of Washington

And ne'er shall the sons of Columbia be slaves,
  While the earth bears a plant, or the sea rolls its waves.
      - Robert Treat Paine, Ode--Adams and Liberty

Measure slavery by the golden rule, and where is it? * * * It stands in the way of that automatic instinct of progress which is eternal in the human race and irresistible in human history.
      - Theodore Parker


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