I know that upon 4th of July, our 4th of July orators talk of Liberty, while three million of their own country men are groaning in abject Slavery. This is called "the land of the free and the home of the brave"; it is called the "asylum of the oppressed"; and some have been foolish enough to call it the "Cradle of Liberty." If it is the "cradle of liberty," they have rocked the child to death. It is dead long since, and yet we talk about democracy and republicanism, while one-sixth of our countrymen are clanking their chains upon the very soil which our fathers moistened with their blood.
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Source Notes: "A Lecture Delivered Before the Female Antislavery Society Of Salem, Massachusetts, [14 November] 1847," in The Narrative of William Wells Brown, a Fugitive Slave (1969).
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