Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, 1865

“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right … “

Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, 1865

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Douglass, What to the Slave is the Fourth of July, 1852

“The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common.”

Frederick Douglass, What to the Slave is the Fourth of July, 1852

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Henry, Liberty or Death, 1775

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?”

Patrick Henry, Liberty or Death, 1775

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Winthrop, A Model of Christian Charity, 1630

“There are two rules whereby we are to walk one towards another: Justice and Mercy.”

John Winthrop, Model of Christian Charity, 1630

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Grimké, Speech at Pennsylvania Hall, 1838

“As a Southerner I feel that it is my duty to stand up here to-night and bear testimony against slavery.”

Angelina Grimké, Speech at Pennsylvania Hall, 1838

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Paine, Common Sense: Chapter 1, 1776

“Here too is the design and end of government … freedom and security.”

Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

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Garrison, To the Public, 1831

“I will be as harsh as truth, as uncompromising as justice.”

William Lloyd Garrison, To the Public, 1831

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Benezet, Epistle of Caution and Advice, 1754 — Excerpt

“The Characteristic and Badge of a true Christian is Love, and good Works…”

Anthony Benezet, Epistle of Caution and Advice, 1754

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Sewall, The Selling of Joseph, 1700

“Evil must not be done, that good may come of it.”

Samuel Sewall, The Selling of Joseph, 1700

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Hancock, Boston Massacre Oration, 1774

“…‘[T]is immortality to sacrifice ourselves for the salvation of our country.”

John Hancock, Boston Massacre Oration, 1774

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