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William Wells Brown

People don't follow titles, they follow courage.

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The last struggle for our rights, the battle for our civilization, is entirely with ourselves.

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Despotism increases in severity with the number of despots; the responsibility is more divided, and the claims are more numerous.

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All I demand for the black man is, that the white people shall take their heels off his neck, and let him have a chance to rise by his own efforts.

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When this boy was brought to Dr. Young, his name being William, the same as mine, my mother was ordered to change mine to something else. This, at the time, I thought to be one of the most cruel acts that could be committed upon my rights.

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I would have the Constitution torn in shreds and scattered to the four winds of heaven. Let us destroy the Constitution and build on its ruins the temple of liberty. I have brothers in slavery. I have seen chains placed on their limbs and beheld them captive.

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