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Home > Books, History, Quotes, Reading > What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 37 in a series – “…the clear conception of rights rises to life and power, and leads him onward.”

What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 37 in a series – “…the clear conception of rights rises to life and power, and leads him onward.”

August 30th, 2019

“Beat and cuff your slave, keep him hungry and spiritless, and he will follow the chain of his master like a dog; but feed and clothe him well, work him moderately, surround him with physical comfort, and dreams of freedom intrude. Give him a bad master, and he wishes to become his own master. Such is human nature. You may hurl a man so low beneath the level of his kind, that he loses all just ideas of his natural position, but elevate him a little, and the clear conception of rights rises to life and power, and leads him onward.”

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

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