Douglass, to his former slave master

Copied from the North Star, here is the text of the famous letter Douglass wrote to his former master, Thomas Auld.  An excerpt includes, “I intend to make use of you as a weapon with which to assail the system of slavery  — as a means of concentrating public attention on the system, and deepening their horror of trafficking on the souls and bodies of men.  …In doing this I entertain no malice toward you personally.  There is no roof under which you would be more safe than mine …. I should esteem it a privilege, to set you an example as to how mankind ought to treat each other.  I am your fellow man, but not your slave.”   (Liberator, September 22,1848)


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