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Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) "We are sometimes asked in the name of patriotism..."

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07926.01 Author/Creator: Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph quotation signed Date: 1871 ca. Pagination: 1 p. 16.5 x 11.3 cm.

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Summary of Content: Quotation in full: "We are sometimes asked in the name of patriotism to forget the merits of this fearful conflict and to remember with equal admiration those who struck at the nation's life and those who struck to save it--those who fought for slavery and those who fought against it..."

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Full Transcript: "We are sometimes asked in the name of patriotism to forget the merits of this fearful conflict and to remember with equal admiration those who struck at the nation's life ...and those who struck to save it- those who fought for slavery and those who fought against it. I am no minister of malice: I would strike the fallen foe. I would repel the [struck: repentant] repentant but may my right hand forget her cunning and my tongue cleave to the roof my mouth if I forget and fail to remark the difference between the respective parties to that protracted, bloody and terrible conflict."
Fredk. Douglass.
The above was spoken at the Tomb of the unknown loyal dead at Arlington Va.
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People: Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Subjects: African American AuthorAfrican American HistoryCivil WarMilitary HistoryPatriotismSlaveryConfederate States of AmericaUnion Forces

Sub Era: The Gilded Age

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