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Monday, January 01, 2018

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An Oration on the Abolition of the Slave Trade, January 1, 1808:

Oh, God! we thank thee, that thou didst condescend to listen to the cries of Africa’s wretched sons; and that thou didst interfere in their behalf. At thy call humanity sprang forth, and espoused the cause of the oppressed: one hand she employed in drawing from their vitals the deadly ar- rows of injustice; and the other in holding a shield, to de- fend them from fresh assaults: and at that illustrious mo- ment, when the sons of 76 pronounced these United States free and independent; when the spirit of patriotism, erected a temple sacred to liberty; when the inspired voice of Amer- icans first uttered those noble sentiments, “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain un- alienable rights; among which are life, liberty, and the pur- suit of happiness;” and when the bleeding African, lifting his fetters, exclaimed, “am I not a man and a brother;” then with redoubled efforts, the angel of humanity strove to re- store to the African race, the inherent rights of man.

Banning the slave trade didn't end slavery in America, oddly enough...


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