4th of July perjury

Writing to Issac Knapp, from Providence,  July 5, 1836, Garrison comments on July 4th celebrations.  “Yesterday, the people of this vain and vaunting country perjured themselves afresh, in the presence of the world, by calling God to witness that they are a free people, that they abhor tyranny, and that they hold it to be a self-evident truth,  that all men are created equal, and possess an inalienable right to liberty.   …. All in grateful and honorable observance of the Fourth of July!  A free country  — and every sixth man on the soil a slave!”   (readinggarrisonsletters)

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