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Monday, July 2, 2012

Fighters

Worth the fight
THE ABOLITIONISTS

We are our brothers’ keepers. If that were always followed, the world would be a better place, but alas it is rarely so.  In the fight against both the slave trade and slavery in general, there were numerous men who put their lives on the line to bring an end to this evil system. 

Former slaves such as Ignatius Sancho and Frederick Douglass spoke out ceaselessly against this evil institution. Their stories were an important part in disclosing the evils of the system. They were joined by men who had both courage and convictions. 

Men such as John Brown, William Wilberforce and Granville Sharp were instrumental. Groups such as the Quakers lent their help as well. It was a slow process, and went through many false starts, but over time, their dogged efforts wore down the resistance and led to concrete results. It’s hard to single out any one person, so the honour must go to all of them.

Greatest quote:
William Wilberforce - “If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.”

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