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How It Looks: For The Signal Of Liberty

How It Looks: For The Signal Of Liberty image How It Looks: For The Signal Of Liberty image
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The Declaration of Independence says, "all men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." And yet we find that one sixth part of the whole population are in the most abject bondage deprived of their social, civil and religious privileges. How it looks to see a slaveholder, snugly seated in the Presidential chair with nearly three millions of human beings writhing under tortures of the lash, and himself assuming property in a part of them. How it looks to find the word "liberty" in bold relief upon the coins of the United States, and inscribed upon our flag fanned by the breeze on all the navigable waters of the Globe - waving in every port, when at the same time, such a mass of souls and bodies of men, women and children, are said at public auction, almost daily and not far from the White House at the capitol of these States. How long shall these things continue?