Purpose of Refuge of Oppression column

February 29, 1856

Here the editor cites an objection which has criticized the inclusion of this column in the paper.  The editor recalls how this “department of infamy” had been established in the paper, and cites some of the reasons for it.  “We must hold on to the ‘Refuge of Oppression,’ until slavery cease to curse our land, or The Liberator terminates its existence;  and we beg our readers to ‘mark, learn, and inwardly digest’ its contents, from week to week, as furnishing powerful incentives to renewed labor in the cause of our ‘fellow-countrymen in chains.'”

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