An Argument on the Unconstitutionality of Slavery: Embracing an Abstract of the Proceedings of the National and State Conventions on This Subject (Classic Reprint)

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But, while we have, as we think, most clearly demonstrated these as truths, and that every indi vidual person is by the Constitution allowed his inalienable rights, and the free exercise of them, we should also hold, even if the Southern States were foreign-nations, and we had no connection or interest with them, it would be our duty, and the duty of every other man, to lift up his voice against the Oppression that is there exercised, on the same grounds that we should enter a stranger's house from which proceeded the cry of help and murder. Is there one of us, in the North ern States, who should see one man beating ah other in\the street, would not endeavor to know the cause of the assault, and, if in our power, pre vent its continuance; or, if we should see one.

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