Right to use Violence

Sept 8, 1831

Here Garrison asserts a view established at the beginning of his witness.  “I do not justify the slaves in their rebellion: yet I do not condemn them, and applaud similar conduct in white men.  I deny the right of any people to fight for liberty, and so far am a Quaker in principle.  Of all men living, however, our slaves have the best reason to assert their rights by violent measures, inasmuch as they are more oppressed than others.”1

1 Letters of William Lloyd Garrison – Volumes I – VI