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)