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Home > Books, History, Quotes, Reading > What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 74 in a series – “…until they felt a big stick about their heads.”

What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 74 in a series – “…until they felt a big stick about their heads.”

October 23rd, 2019

”[John Brown] denounced slavery in look and language fierce and bitter, thought that slaveholders had forfeited their right to live, that the slaves had the right to gain their liberty in any way they could, did not believe that moral suasion would ever liberate the slave, or that political action would abolish the system.

When I suggested that we might convert the slaveholders, he became much excited, and said that could never be, “he knew their proud hearts and that they would never be induced to give up their slaves, until they felt a big stick about their heads.””

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

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