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Quotation by Henry David Thoreau
Could slavery suggest a more complete servility than some of these journals exhibit? Is there any dust which their conduct does not lick, and make fouler still with its slime?
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Slavery in Massachusetts" (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 399, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
Thoreau refers to the response of the Boston newspapers to the return of fugitive slaves to the South.
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