It is a life-and-death conflict between all those grand, universal, man-respecting principles which we call by the comprehensive term democracy, and all those partial, person-respecting, class-favoring elements which we group together under that silver-slippered word aristocracy. If this war does not mean that, it means nothing.
Antoinette Brown Blackwell (1825–1921), U.S. minister, suffragist, abolitionist, and temperance advocate. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 2 ch. 16, by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda Joslyn Gage (1882).
Speaking on May 14, 1863, at a national convention of the Woman's National Loyal League.