Sunday, May 25, 2008

Frederick Douglass on the Struggle for Liberty


"Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reforms. The whole history of the progress of human lliberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of struggle... If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will..."

- Frederick Douglass, 1857

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