How, then, ought I to feel, and speak, and write, in view of a system which is red with innocent blood, drawn from the bodies of millions of my countrymen by the scourge of brutal drivers;—which is full of all uncleanness and licentiousness;—which destroys the life of the soul;—and which is too horrible for the mind to imagine, or the pen to declare? How ought I feel and speak? As a man! as a patriot! as a philanthropist! as a Christian! My soul should be, as it is, on fire. I should thunder—I should lighten. I should use just such language as is most descriptive of the crime.
~ William L. Garrison (1833)
If the buying, selling and holding of a slave for the sake of gain is a heinous sin and scandal, then verily three-fourths of all the Episcopalians, Methodists, Baptists and Presbyterians in eleven States of the Union are of the devil.
~ James Smylie (1840)
[The abolitionists’] conduct has been most atrocious. No language is strong enough to denounce it. The shameless impudence with which they have trampled the Constitution under their feet, and their mean and despicable contrivances to deprive us of our Slave property ought to be held up to the scorn of the whole Union.
~ Joseph W. Lesesne (September 12, 1847)
I found the minds of the people strangely indifferent to the subject of slavery. Their prejudices were invincible—stronger, if possible, than those of the slaveholders. Objections were started on every hand; apologies for the abominable system constantly saluted my ears; obstacles were industriously piled up in my path. The cause of this callous state of feeling was owing to their exceeding ignorance of the horrors of slavery. What was yet more discouraging, my best friends—without an exception—besought me to give up the enterprise, and never return to Baltimore! It was not my duty (they argued) to spend my time, and talents, and services, where persecution, reproach and poverty were the only certain reward. My scheme was visionary—fanatical—unattainable. Why should I make myself an exile from home and all that I held dear on earth, and sojourn in a strange land, among enemies whose hearts were dead to every noble sentiment?—&c. &c. &c. I repeat—all were against my return. But I desire to thank God, that he gave me strength to overcome this selfish and pernicious advice. Opposition served only to increase my ardor, and confirm my purpose.
~ William L. Garrison (July 14, 1830)
The Northern [Abolitionist] Fanatics must not expect to find in us the unrepresented colonial subjects of an arrogant monarchy. … We do not believe that all or perhaps a majority of the Northern people favour the views of these Incendiaries but what does it boot us if they do not so long as they give them an asylum from which to hurl their murderous missiles. These men can be silenced in but one way—Terror—Death. The non-slaveholding states must pass laws denying protection to them & yielding them up to demand to those whose laws and whose rights they have violated.
~ James H. Hammond (August 19, 1835)
In a world so rife with animal exploitation, death, and suffering, many of us feel hopeless to make immediate change. Adoption, however, is one way to give us that amazing opportunity to help in the here and now. Really evaluate your situation—can you make room in your home for someone in need?
~ Corey L. Wrenn (January 18, 2010)