Frederick Douglass Quotes On Slavery



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Now, take the Constitution according to its plain reading, and I defy the presentation of a single pro-slavery clause in it. On the other hand it will be found to contain principles and purposes, entirely hostile to the existence of slavery. Frederick Douglass

The Federal Government was never, in its essence, anything but an anti-slavery government. Frederick Douglass

I expose slavery in this country, because to expose it is to kill it. Slavery is one of those monsters of darkness to whom the light of truth is death. Frederick Douglass

The Constitution is a GLORIOUS LIBERTY DOCUMENT. Read its preamble, consider it purposes. Is slavery among them? Is it at the gateway? or is it in the temple? it is neither. Frederick Douglass

Abolish slavery tomorrow, and not a sentence or syllable of the Constitution need be altered. It was purposely so framed as to give no claim, no sanction to the claim, of property in man. If in its origin slavery had any relation to the government, it was only as the scaffolding to the magnificent structure, to be removed as soon as the building was completed. Frederick Douglass

Allow us the dignity to fight for our own freedom Frederick Douglass

... and in thinking of my life, I almost forgot my liberty. Frederick Douglass

What is possible for me is possible for you. Frederick Douglass

You are not judged by the height you have risen, but from the depth you have climbed. Frederick Douglass

They who study mankind with a whip in their hands will always go wrong. Frederick Douglass

If I have advocated the cause of the Negro, it is not because I am a Negro, but because I am a man. Frederick Douglass

Interpreted as it ought to be interpreted, the constitution is a Glorious Liberty Document! Frederick Douglass

A great man, tender of heart, strong of nerve, boundless patience and broadest sympathy, with no motive apart from his country. Frederick Douglass

I know no class of my fellowmen, however just, enlightened, and humane, which can be wisely and safely trusted absolutely with the liberties of any other class. Frederick Douglass

You degrade us and then ask why we are degraded. You shut our mouths and ask why we don't speak. You close your colleges and seminaries against us and then ask why we don't know. Frederick Douglass

The sunlight that has brought life and healing to you has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. Frederick Douglass

We are free to say that in respect to political rights, we hold women to be justly entitled to all we claim for men. Frederick Douglass

I ask you...to adopt the principles proclaimed by yourselves, by your revolutionary fathers, and by the old bell in Independence Hall.... Frederick Douglass

I escaped from slavery and became a leading abolitionist and speaker. Frederick Douglass

I hear the mournful wail of millions! Frederick Douglass

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