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William Wells Brown
(1815-1884) born on
US antislavery lecturer, novelist, playwright. His "Narrative," the story of his escape from slavery; is a classic; first black author to write a novel, "Clotel," and play, "The Escape."
         
   
F
I was not only hunting for my liberty, but also hunting for my name.

R
The last struggle for our rights, the battle for our civilization is entirely with ourselves.
A
This is emphatically an age of discoveries; but I will venture the assertion, that none but an American slaveholder could have discovered that a man born in a country was not a citizen of it.
N
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.
K
The duty I owe to the slave, to truth, and to God, demands that I should use my pen and tongue so long as life and health are vouchsafed to me to employ them, or until the last chain shall fall from the limbs of the last slave in America and the world.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Figures in Black," by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., 1987.
R: c. 1881.
A: Letter from England to Wendall Philips," in "The Liberator, 22 Nov 1849.
N: Speech to the American Anti-Slavery Society, New York, 6 May 1862.
K: Letter to his former master, Enoch Price; in "The Liberator, 14 Dec 1849.
   


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