Quotation by Anna Elizabeth Dickinson

We are told to maintain constitutions because they are constitutions, and what is laid down in those constitutions?... Certain great fundamental ideas of right are common to the world, and ... all laws of man's making which trample on these ideas, are null and void—wrong to obey, right to disobey. The Constitution of the United States recognizes human slavery; and makes the souls of men articles of purchase and of sale.
Anna Elizabeth Dickinson (1842–1932), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 2, ch. 16, by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda Joslyn Gage (1882).

In a speech at Kennett Square in Philadelphia, c. 1860. Dickinson was an eloquent, bold, teenaged activist whom the press often compared to Joan of Arc.
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