Quotation by Catherine E. Beecher

It is to be lamented that the principle of national has had very little nourishment in our country, and, instead, has given place to sectional or state partialities. What more promising method for remedying this defect than by uniting American women of every state and every section in a common effort for our whole country.
Catherine E. Beecher (1800–1878), U.S. educator and author. As quoted in Catherine Beecher, ch. 12, by Kathryn Kish Sklar (1973).

Written in 1846, before the Civil War. There was tension among different states and regions because of their differing attitudes and laws regarding slavery.
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