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Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) "We are sometimes asked in the name of patriotism..."

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07926.01 Author/Creator: Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph quotation signed Date: 1871 ca. Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Quotation in full: "We are sometimes asked in the name of patriotism to forget the merits of this fearful conflict and to remember with equal admiration those who struck at the nation's life and those who struck to save it--those who fought for slavery and those who fought against it..."

People: Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895.

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: African American Author, African American History, Civil War, Military History, Patriotism, Slavery, Confederate States of America, Union Forces

Sub Era: The Gilded Age