Tag Archives: Slavery

First Principles: American Colonies Had Long Been Stopped From Abolishing Slavery Or Even Limiting It By Great Britain

“…. (A) disposition to abolish slavery prevails in North America, that many of Pennsylvanians have set their slaves at liberty, and that even the Virginia Assembly have petitioned the King for permission to make a law for preventing the importation … Continue reading

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First Principles: Slavery Was Introduced Into United States By England and Prevented From Abolishing It During Colonial Days

“He [King George III] has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another … Continue reading

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First Principles: Justice, Humanity and Christianity Demand the End of All Slavery

“Justice and humanity require it [the end of slavery] – Christianity commands it. Let every benevolent . . . pray for the glorious period when the last slave who fights for freedom shall be restored to the possession of that … Continue reading

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First Principles: It is Inconsistent, Unjust and Impious To Fight And Pray for Freedom While Keeping Others In Slavery

“That men should pray and fight for their own freedom and yet keep others in slavery is certainly acting a very inconsistent, as well as unjust and perhaps impious, part.” –  John Jay, Reference The Life and Times of John … Continue reading

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First Principles: Every Sensible Person Chooses Liberty

“No man in his senses can hesitate in choosing to be free, rather than a slave.” – Alexander Hamilton (1774)    

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First Principles: The Corruption of A People Make It Ripe For Destruction

“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction. A good form of government may hold the rotten materials together for some time, but beyond a certain pitch, even the … Continue reading

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First Principles: Life Is Not So Dear As To Purchased At the Price of Chains and Slavery

“Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God.” – Patrick Henry, Speech to the Virginia Convention, 1775        

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First Principles: All Slavery Should Be Held In Abhorrence

“Every measure of prudence, therefore, ought to be assumed for the eventual total extirpation of slavery from the United States. … I have, throughout my whole life, held the practice of slavery in … abhorrence.” – John Adams (1819) The … Continue reading

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First Principles: Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death

“There is a just God who presides over the destines of nations … who will raise up friends to fight our battle for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – Don Quixote – Cervantes

Cervantes was ransomed from Moorish slavery on September 19, 1580. Don Quixote is also know by its full title The Ingenious Nobleman Mister Quixote of La Mancha.  It is the Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra which was published in … Continue reading

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