„That men should pray and fight for their own freedom, and yet keep others in slavery, is certainly acting a very inconsistent, as well as unjust and, perhaps, impious part, but the history of mankind is filled with instances of human improprieties.“

—  John Jay, 1780s, Letter to Reverend Doctor Price (1785)
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