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America is good enough for us.

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Of private differences personal to himself, my brother had none.

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John Brown was tried for treason, murder, and inciting slaves to insurrection.

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As early as the autumn of 1862, I was made very happy by being sent to school.

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THE autumn of 1850 brought an event freighted with deep significance to me. My mother died.

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When I first concluded to print the book, I made an honest effort to construct it in the third person.

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The attack of John Brown upon Harper's Ferry came upon Virginia like a clap of thunder out of a clear sky.

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In those days, slavery was not looked upon, even in Quaker Philadelphia, with the shudder and abhorrence one feels towards it now.

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My mother was a Northern woman, daughter of Hon. John Sergeant, a distinguished lawyer, and for many years representative in Congress from Philadelphia.

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It is true, there was no public-school system, and the reason for it was very plain. The wealth of the upper classes enabled them to have private tutors.

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