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Chapter 3: non-resistance, dissensions

Integer vitae scelerisque purus
Non eget Mauris jaculis neque arcu
Nec venenatis gravida sagittis,
Fusce, pharetra.

Horace, Odes, 1.22.

Any account of Garrison which failed to give due emphasis to his belief in “non-resistance” would be most imperfect, for he regarded this principle as the very root of all his convictions. He seems very early to have had an instinctive repugnance to the use of physical force. In the declaration of sentiment which he drew for the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1833, and which was adopted, he says: “Our principles forbid the doing of evil that good may come, and. lead us to reject, and to entreat the oppressed to reject, the use of all carnal weapons for deliverance from bondage . . . Our measures shall be such only as the opposition of moral purity to moral corruption-the destruction of error by the potency of the truth — the overthrow of prejudice by the ”

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