The Right to Use Violence

Garrison writing to La Roy Sunderland, September 8, 1831:  “I do not justify the slaves in their rebellion; yet I do not condemn them, and applaud similar conduct in white men.  I deny the right of any people to fight for liberty, and so far am a Quaker in  principle.  Of all men living, however, our slaves have the best reason to assert their rights by violent measures, inasmuch as they are more oppressed than others.”

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