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America is good enough for us.
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An abolitionist in the abstract, as conceived by us under the teachings surrounding us, was a very frightful creature.
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And let me tell you, you boys of America, that there is no higher inspiration to any man to be a good man, a good citizen, and a good son, brother, or father, than the knowledge that you come from honest blood.
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As early as the autumn of 1862, I was made very happy by being sent to school.
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Even if my mother had no qualms of conscience concerning ownership of negroes, her sense of duty carried her far beyond the mere supplying of their physical needs, or requiring that they render faithful service.
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Father had notions about manhood suffrage, public schools, the education and the elevation of the masses, and the gradual emancipation of the slaves, that did not suit the uncompromising views of people in places like Richmond.
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Father's fortune and happiness were engulfed in the horrible fraternal strife which grew out of this cancer on the body politic, - a cancer which all three of those men were honestly anxious to destroy.
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From Lynchburg, which is near the foot-hills of the Blue Ridge, the James River courses eastward to Richmond, a distance of about two hundred miles, through a valley of great fertility and beauty.
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However the Southern man may have been master of the negro, there were compensatory processes whereby certain negroes were masters of their masters' children.
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I was a tried seaman when, for the first time, I set foot upon the soil of my country, and took up my residence where my people had lived for over two hundred years.
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In all America, there is no spot more emphatically English than the Kingdom of Accawmacke.
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IN all her history, from the formation of the federal government until the hour of secession, no year stands out more prominently than the year 1858 as evidencing the national patriotism of Virginia.
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In such a condition of affairs, the practical difference between the abolitionist and the sympathizer, to the man who lost his slave and could not recover it, was very nebulous.
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In the year 1857, passing through Washington on our return from the annual visit to Philadelphia, I had the distinguished honor of visiting a President for the first time.
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In those days, slavery was not looked upon, even in Quaker Philadelphia, with the shudder and abhorrence one feels towards it now.
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It is impossible to describe the consternation which these scenes produced among the citizens of Harper's Ferry.
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It is true, there was no public-school system, and the reason for it was very plain. The wealth of the upper classes enabled them to have private tutors.
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John Brown was tried for treason, murder, and inciting slaves to insurrection.
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My father's third wife was a refined and cultivated woman, of suitable age, and possessed a most lovable disposition.
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My mother was a Northern woman, daughter of Hon. John Sergeant, a distinguished lawyer, and for many years representative in Congress from Philadelphia.
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Nothing pleased me more than dropping corn in planting-time, or hauling wood and straw with my own team.
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Of private differences personal to himself, my brother had none.
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On Saturday night, May 24, 1856, John Brown and his band visited house after house upon Pottawatomie Creek, and, calling man after man from his bed, murdered five in cold blood.
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Richmond was admittedly the centre of a society unsurpassed in all America for wealth, refinement, and culture.
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That settled Abraham Lincoln with me. I was thoroughly satisfied that no such man ought to be President; but I could not yet conceive it possible that such a monster would be the choice of a majority of the people for President.
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The attack of John Brown upon Harper's Ferry came upon Virginia like a clap of thunder out of a clear sky.
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THE autumn of 1850 brought an event freighted with deep significance to me. My mother died.
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The first American ancestor of our name was a younger son of these old Devonshire people, and came to the Virginia colony in the reign of Charles the First.
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The Know-Nothing craze of 1855 was just such an excitement. Our community was divided into factions. Everybody took sides.
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This and many others only confirmed me in the opinion, planted when I saw the sale of Martha Ann, and growing steadily thereafter, that slavery was an accursed business, and that the sooner my people were relieved of it, the better.
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Virginians were no more angels or philanthropists than people to the north or to the south of them. They were moved by their affections, their interest, and their resentments, just as humanity is moved to-day.
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Wealthy men, too, like several of those in our neighborhood, had so many slaves that they were compelled to buy other plantations on which to employ them.
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When I first concluded to print the book, I made an honest effort to construct it in the third person.
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