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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 10 in a series – “… the white assaulting party was fully justified by southern law…”

August 2nd, 2019

“While I heard of numerous murders committed by slaveholders on the eastern shore of Maryland, I never knew a solitary instance where a slaveholder was either hung or imprisoned for having murdered a slave. The usual pretext for such crimes was that the slave had offered resistance. Should a slave, when assaulted, but raise his hand in self-defense, the white assaulting party was fully justified by southern law, and southern public opinion in shooting the slave down, and for this there was no redress.”

From Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: (An African American Heritage Book)

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