A Plan for the Abolition of Slavery

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A Plan for the Abolition of Slavery, and To the Non-Slaveholders of the South [1858]

By Lysander Spooner

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We present to you herewith “A Plan for the Abolition of Slavery,” and solicit your aid to carry it into execution.
Your numbers, combined with those of the Slaves, will give you all power. You have but to use it, and the work is done.
The following self-evident principles of justice and humanity will serve as guides to the measures proper to be adopted. These principles are—

1. That the Slaves have a natural right to their liberty.
2. That they have a natural right to compensation (so far as the property of the Slaveholders and their abettors can compensate them) for the wrongs they have suffered.
3. That so long as the governments, under which they live, refuse to give them liberty or compensation, they have the right to take it by stratagem or force.
4. That it is the duty of all, who can, to assist them in such an enterprise. …

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