portrait of Harriet Beecher Stowe
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Quotes of the Day for 14 June 2001 – Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe was born on this day in 1811 at Litchfield, Connecticut. As a housewife and mother of seven she wrote "Uncle Tom's Cabin" between chores, a book that was a major factor in the growth of the abolition movement. Here are some quotes on the slavery that she helped end in this country.

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The quotes:

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
     - Henry David Thoreau

There is a terrible war coming, and these young men who have never seen war cannot wait for it to happen, but I tell you, I wish that I owned every slave in the South, for I would free them all to avoid this war.
     - Robert E. Lee

If this world were what it seems it should be, it is clear that it would be impossible for one man to enslave another.
     - Voltaire

If you put a chain around the neck of a slave, the other end fastens itself around your own.
     - Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.
     - Helen Keller


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