"Posterity will owe everlasting thanks to John Brown for lifting up once more to the gaze of a nation grown fat and flabby on the garbage of lust and oppression, a true standard of heroic philanthropy, and each coming generation will pay its installment of the debt. . . . John Brown saw slavery through no mist or cloud, but in a light of infinite brightness, which left no one of its ten thousand horrors concealed." Frederick Douglass

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

No Black Neighbors for Lincoln

With John Brown the negro was a man, with the same inherent rights which belong to other men.  Mr. Lincoln would not have the negro a slave, but he does not what him for a neighbor or a citizen, and does not believe the two races can dwell harmoniously and prosperously together.

Source:  Aaron M. Powell, Aug. 19, 1864, in the Anti-Slavery Standard, quoted in the Philadelphia Daily Evening Bulletin (Sept. 5, 1864), 3.

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