From the National Archives, ca. 1875
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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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.
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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