The martyr age of the United States

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Weeks, Jordan & co., 1839 - Abolitionists - 84 pages
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Page 10 - I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation . . . urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present.
Page 17 - ... from its deadliest curse ; to wipe out the foulest stain which rests upon our national escutcheon ; and to secure to the colored population of the United States, all the rights and privileges which belong to them as men, and as Americans — come what may to our persons, our interests, or our reputation — whether we live to witness the triumph of Liberty, Justice and Humanity, or perish untimely as martyrs in this great, benevolent, and holy cause.
Page 14 - Congress a proposed amendment declaring that "the Congress shall have power to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper to secure to the citizens of each State all the privileges and immunities of citizens in the several States; and to all persons in the several States equal protection in the rights of life, liberty, and property.
Page 6 - Tell the republicans on your side of the line, that we royalists do not know men by their color. Should you come to us, you will be entitled to all the privileges of the rest of his majesty's subjects.
Page 39 - Domestic slavery, therefore, instead of being a political evil, is the corner-stone of our republican edifice. No patriot who justly estimates our privileges will tolerate the idea of emancipation at any period, however remote, or on any conditions of pecuniary advantage, however favorable. I would as soon open a negotiation for selling the liberty of the State at once, as for making any stipulations for the ultimate emancipation of our slaves.
Page 63 - For, remember, the Judge of that day is no respecter of persons. " Pause, I beseech you, and reflect. The present excitement will soon be over ; the voice of conscience will at last be heard : and in some season of honest thought, even in this world, as you review the scenes of this hour, you will be compelled to say,
Page 17 - God, we will do all that in us lies, consistently with this declaration of our principles, to overthrow the most execrable system of slavery that has ever been witnessed upon earth, to deliver our land from its deadliest curse, to wipe out the foulest stain which rests upon our national escutcheon, and to secure to the colored population of the United States all the rights and privileges which belong to them as men and as Americans...
Page 7 - Resolved, That we never will separate ourselves voluntarily from the slave population in this country ; they are our brethren by the ties of consanguinity, of suffering, and of wrong ; and we feel that there is more virtue in suffering privations with them, than fancied advantages for a season.
Page 68 - And has it come to this? Has Boston fallen so low? May not its citizens be trusted to come together to express the great principles of liberty, for which their fathers died? Are our fellow-citizens to be murdered in the act of defending their property, and of asserting the right of free discussion ; and is it unsafe in this metropolis, once the refuge of liberty, to express abhorrence of the deed?
Page 10 - The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal, and to hasten the resurrection of the dead!

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