Wednesday, March 26, 2014
"The abolitionists, we are told, were nasty, power-hungry men and sex-starved women seeking notoriety; everything would have worked out all right and slavery have died a 'natural death' if they had been shut up. But it is perfectly clear that slavery was too firmly rooted in Southern society to die otherwise than by violence."
From XXXIII, Ferment and Culture in the North, 1820 - 1850, 2. Abolition, Antislavery, and Utopia