“That which is inhuman cannot be divine.”           

–Frederick Douglass

One of the great biographies I’ve read in recent years is David Blight’s biography, Frederick Douglass, Prophet of Freedom. Those who fought for the preservation and extension of slavery were fighting for continued inhumanity; those who fought for its end, were fighting for humanity. Douglass, who literally fought with his “owner” and escaped enslavement, was one of the era’s leading abolitionists, an advocate, and later a recruiter, for the formation of Black fighting Union units. If the Civil War represented a second American Revolution, the founders of that revolutions were Republican abolitionists and those who stood by its cause: Lincoln, Douglass, Garrison, Tubman, Truth, Grant, Sherman, and more, but not Davis, Lee, Jackson or Forrest. Davis or Forrest. 

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