William Lloyd Garrison: “Address to the Friends of Freedom and Emancipation in the United States”

(1844)

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At the Tenth Anniversary of the American Anti-Slavery Society, held in the city of New-York, May 7th, 1844,—after grave deliberation, and a long and earnest discussion,—it was decided by a vote of nearly three to one of the members present, that fidelity to the cause of human freedom, hatred of oppression, sympathy for those who are held in chains and slavery in this republic, and allegiance to God; require that the existing national compact should be instantly dissolved; that secession from the government is a religious and political duty; that the motto inscribed on the...

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