Quote of the day, Oct. 19

Benjamin Franklin, on slavery

“Slavery is such an atrocious debasement of human nature, that its very extirpation, if not performed with solicitous care, may sometimes open a source of serious evils. The unhappy man who has been treated as a brute animal, too frequently sinks beneath the common standard of the human species. The galling chains, that bind his body, do also fetter his intellectual faculties, and impair the social affections of his heart … To instruct, to advise, to qualify those, who have been restored to freedom, for the exercise and enjoyment of civil liberty … and to procure for their children an education calculated for their future situation in life; these are the great outlines of the annexed plan, which we have adopted.”

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