Quotation by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

On fields all drenched with blood he made his record in war, abstained from lawless violence when left on the plantation, and received his freedom in peace with moderation. But he holds in this Republic the position of an alien race among a people impatient of a rival. And in the eyes of some it seems that no valor redeems him, no social advancement nor individual development wipes off the ban which clings to him.
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825–1911), African American author, speaker, and rights advocate. As quoted in The Female Experience, ch. 66, by Gerda Lerner (1977).

Speaking in 1891 to the National Council of Women of the United States.
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