Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Speech for the Anniversary of the American Anti-Slavery Society

(1860)

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This is generally known as the platform of one idea—that is negro slavery. In a certain sense this may be true, but the most casual observation of this whole anti-slavery movement … show this one idea to be a great humanitarian one. … In settling the question of the negro’s rights, we find out the exact limits of our own, for rights never clash or interfere; and where no individual in a community is denied his rights, the mass are the more perfectly protected in theirs; for whenever any class is subject to fraud or injustice, it shows that the spirit of tyranny is at work, and...

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