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LitofAfrAmeSlavery1 - Jason B Neuenschwander Literature of...

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Jason B. Neuenschwander Literature of American Slavery Option A- Speech An Address To Those Willing To Hear, And After Hearing, To Act My brothers and sisters, tonight, I address you as a free man. A man born free, like so many of you. A man who values his freedom above life itself. My brothers and sisters diligently working for the cause of abolition, who face harsh treatment and imprisonment if ever caught playing their most dangerous game, I address you as a humble man. Humbled by the strength of character, the uprightness of spirit, and the unwavering, uncompromising moral ground you stand upon. My brothers and sisters holding positions of power in this country’s government, I address you as a citizen. I urge and implore you to examine the plight of all those you are called upon to represent, and to listen with open ears and strong hearts. My brothers and sisters that have escaped the cruel bondage you have been subjected to for generations, and might yet suffer the repercussions of your necessary flight, I address you as an abolitionist, a man committed to the abolishment of evils, most of all the abomination that is the possession and ownership of a man by his brother. And to all of you, my brothers and sisters, I come before you tonight as an equal, a man under God, created in His image, and hopeful for His deliverance. What is it to be free? I was born a free man; I value my freedom above all earthly possessions and relationships, yet I ask, what is it to be free? For I have never experienced life without shackles. The shackles of oppression weigh down on me and they cut into the skin of my feet, bruising my bones and spilling my blood. Yet I must
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walk still, walk endlessly. . . for as long as just one of our brethren remains captive in this nation, I too am held captive. I am held captive by a nation unashamed to take in a stray dog, feed and shelter it for the night, and then shoot it in the morning. What does it mean to be free? Can I truly enjoy freedom when my brother is a slave? Can I enjoy the God-
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