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Lydia Maria Child (1802 - 1880)

While we bestow our earnest disapprobation on the system
of slavery, let us not flatter ourselves that we are in reality
any better than our brethren of the South. Thanks to our soul
and climate, and the early exertions of the Quakers, the 'form'
of slavery does not exist among us; but the very 'spirit' of the
hateful and mischievous thing is here in all its strength. The
manner in which we use what power we have, gives us ample
reason to be grateful that the nature of our institutions does
not intrust us with more. Our prejudice against colored people
is even more inveterate than it is at the south.

(from "An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans"
-- 1833)

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