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Home > Books, History, Quotes, Reading > What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 68 in a series – “If ever I had any patriotism,…it was whipped out of me long since by the lash of the American soul-drivers.””

What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 68 in a series – “If ever I had any patriotism,…it was whipped out of me long since by the lash of the American soul-drivers.””

October 15th, 2019

”I shall be influenced by no prejudices in favor of America. I think my circumstances all forbid that. I have no end to serve, no creed to uphold, no government to defend; and as to nation, I belong to none. I have no protection at home, or resting-place abroad. The land of my birth welcomes me to her shores only as a slave, and spurns with contempt the idea of treating me differently; so that I am an outcast from the society of my childhood, and an outlaw in the land of my birth. ‘I am a stranger with thee and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.’ That men should be patriotic, is to me perfectly natural; and as a philosophical fact, I am able to give it an intellectual recognition. But no further can I go. If ever I had any patriotism, or any capacity for the feeling, it was whipped out of me long since by the lash of the American soul-drivers.”

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

Why I'm Reading: He was whipped oftener who was whipped easiest.

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