„It is much to be wished that slavery may be abolished. The honour of the States, as well as justice and humanity, in my opinion, loudly call upon them to emancipate these unhappy people. To contend for our own liberty, and to deny that blessing to others, involves an inconsistency not to be excused.“

—  John Jay, 1780s, Letter to R. Lushington (1786)
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—  Andrew Jackson American general and politician, 7th president of the United States 1767 - 1845
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—  James M. McPherson American historian 1936
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