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My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass. With an Introduction. By James M'Cune Smith

By: Frederick Douglas

...y a principle essential to Christianity, a PERSON is eternally differenced from a THING; so that the idea of a HUMAN BEING, necessarily excludes the i... ...al plea—”not guilty;” the case must, therefore, proceed. Any facts, either from slaves, slaveholders, or by-standers, calculated to enlighten the publ... ...wrongs, and do not apprehend their rights. Looking, then, at your request, from this stand-point, and wishing every- thing of which you think me capab... ...though scarcely a month passed without the sale of one or more lots to the Georgia traders, there was no apparent diminution in the number of his hu- ... ..., that, for having found fault with his master, he was now to be sold to a Georgia trader. He was immediately chained and handcuffed; and thus, withou... .... Hamilton and Freeland came up to Easton; not to make a bargain with the “Georgia traders,” nor to send us up to Austin Woldfolk, as is usual in the ... ..., merchants, and secretaries, having among us lawyers, doctors, ministers, poets, authors, editors, orators, and teach- ers; that, while we are engage... ... inward decay. Its auxiliaries are everywhere. Scholars, authors, orators, poets, and statesmen give it their aid. The most brilliant of American poet... ...nt for letting drop a smiling verse of sympathy for the man in chains. The poets are with us. It would seem almost absurd to say it, considering the u...

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Leaves of Grass

By: Walt Whitman

...ne I Sing................22 Shut Not Your Doors...........................22 Poets to Come.....................................22 To You................. ..............23 BOOK II............................................24 Starting from Paumanok.....................24 BOOK III............................... ...OK IV. CHILDREN OF ADAM ...103 To the Garden the World...................103 From Pent Up Aching Rivers............103 I Sing the Body Electric.......... ...t Pipes of the Organ.........................................121 Facing West from California’s Shores ................................................... ...e with distrustful aspect, Terrible in beauty, age, and power, The genius of poets of old lands, As to me directing like flame its eyes, With finger p... ...elt by the intellect, But you ye untold latencies will thrill to every page. POETS TO C OME Poets to come! orators, singers, musicians to come! Not t... ... States as during life, each man and woman my neighbor, The Louisianian, the Georgian, as near to me, and I as near to him and her, The Mississippian ... ...n walking the vale of the Elkhorn in my deer skin leggings, a Louisianian or Georgian, A boatman over lakes or bays or along coasts, a Hoosier, Badger... ...e live oak trailing long and low, noiselessly waved by the wind, The camp of Georgia wagoners just after dark, the supper fires and the cooking and ea...

...Excerpt: BOOK I. INSCRIPTIONS. One?s-self I sing, a simple separate person, Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-Masse. Of physiology from top to toe I sing, Not physiognomy alone nor brain alone is worthy for the Muse, I say the Form complete is worthier far, The Female equally with the Male I sing. Of Life immense in passion, pulse, and power, Cheerful, f...

.......21 What Place Is Besieged?......................22 Still Though the One I Sing................22 Shut Not Your Doors...........................22 Poets to Come.....................................22 To You................................................23 Thou Reader........................................23 BOOK II............................................24 Startin...

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