Quotation by Tennessee Claflin

... the planters began by stealing the liberty of their slaves, by stealing their labour, by stealing, in fact, all they had; and the natural result was that the slaves stole back all they could. So in the case of women. Reduced to the condition of dependency and with no other avenue for acquirement of success than the one which lies through their mastery or influence over the opposite sex, their natural powers to charm and seduce are, of course, reinforced by astuteness and trickery.
Tennessee Claflin (1846–1923), U.S. journalist, lecturer, and social reform advocate; relocated to England. Talks and Essays, vol. 2, ch. 4 (1897).
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