A Land of the Free

“The war is not, as the South falsely pretends, a war of races, nor of sections, nor of political parties, but a war of Principles, a war upon the working classes, whether white or black… In this war, the black man was the first victim, the workingman of whatever color the next; and now all who contend for the rights of labor, for free speech, free schools, free suffrage, and a free government… are driven to do battle in defense of these or to fall with them, victims of the same violence that for two centuries has held the black man a prisoner of war. While the South has waged this war against human rights, the North has stood by holding the garments of those who were stoning liberty to death…

The nation is a death-struggle. It must either become one vast slaveocracy of petty tyrants, or wholly a land of the free…”

Angela Grimke (as quoted by Angela Davis in Women, Race & Class)

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