“Is slavery, as a condition for human beings, good, bad, or indifferent? We submit the question without argument.
You have common sense, and conscience, and a human heart;—pronounce upon it. You have a wife, or a husband, a child, a father, a mother, a brother or a sister— make the case your own, make it theirs, and bring in your verdict.
The case of Human Rights against Slavery has been adjudicated in the court of conscience times innumerable. The same verdict has always been rendered—”Guilty;” the same sentence has always been pronounced, “Let it be accursed,” and human nature, with her million echoes, has rung it round the world in every language under heaven,
“Let it be accursed. Let it be accursed.”
His heart is false to human nature, who will not say “Amen.”
There is not a man on earth who does not believe that slavery is a curse. Human beings may be inconsistent, but human nature is true to herself. She has uttered her testimony against slavery with a shriek ever since the monster was begotten; and till it perishes amidst the execrations of the universe, she will traverse the world on its track, dealing her bolts upon its head, and dashing against it her condemning brand.”
-Theodore Dwight Weld
January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the US. Human Trafficking is a form of modern day slavery. From Jan 1st-11th, we’ll be posting daily blogs with inspiration from the history of the movement to end slavery. Our resolution is to protect & defend the vulnerable and to restore & empower survivors. Join us in beginning 2012 by pausing to recharge our spirits as we carry on towards the end of slavery and the sexual exploitation of children.