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" The cession of that kind of property (for so it is misnamed) is a bagatelle, which would not cost me a second thought, if, in that way, a general emancipation and expatriation could be effected: and gradually, and with due sacrifices, I think it might... "
Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies: From the Papers of Thomas Jefferson - Seite 324
von Thomas Jefferson - 1829
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Identity and Intolerance: Nationalism, Racism, and Xenophobia in Germany and ...

Norbert Finzsch, Dietmar Schirmer - 2002 - 468 Seiten
...in reprisals against the whites who had enslaved them. "We have a wolf by the ears," he contended, "and we can neither hold him; nor safely let him go....in one scale, and self-preservation in the other."" As a primitive people, naturally undisciplined and not fully in control of their emotions, blacks could...
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Identity and Intolerance: Nationalism, Racism, and Xenophobia in Germany and ...

Norbert Finzsch, Dietmar Schirmer - 2002 - 468 Seiten
...in reprisals against the whites who had enslaved them. "We have a wolf by the ears," he contended, "and we can neither hold him; nor safely let him go....Justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other."11 As a primitive people, naturally undisciplined and not fully in control of their emotions,...
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The Approaching Fury

Stephen B. Oates - 2009 - 100 Seiten
...Slavery is, then, a necessary evil, which cannot be practicably eradicated. Therein lies our dilemma. We have the wolf by the ears, and we can neither hold him nor safely let him go. If we hold on to slavery, the Negroes, I fear, will one day rise up in insurrection, and when that...
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The Papers of John C. Calhoun, Band 25

John Caldwell Calhoun, Clyde Norman Wilson - 1959 - 768 Seiten
...which would not cost me a second thought, if, in that way, a general emancipation and expatriation could be effected: and gradually, and with due sacrifices,...the other. Of one thing I am certain, that as the free passage of slaves from one State to another would not make a slave of a single human being who...
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"Law Never Here": A Social History of African American Responses to Issues ...

Frankie Y. Bailey, Alice P. Green - 1999 - 236 Seiten
...together in peace. In 1820, having retired to Monticello, Jefferson looked at the situation and observed: "We have the wolf by the ears; and we can neither...in one scale, and self-preservation in the other" (quoted in Miller, 241). For blacks, the injustices of slavery were many. In 1857, as he delivered...
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The Liberal Tradition in American Politics: Reassessing the Legacy of ...

David F. Ericson, Louisa Bertch Green - 1999 - 269 Seiten
...consequentialist grounds. Jefferson memorably expressed this position in the wake of the Missouri crisis: "We have the wolf by the ears, and we can neither...Justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other."'6 Consequentialistn Proslavery consequentialist arguments seemed themselves to divide into...
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The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770-1823

David Brion Davis - 1999 - 577 Seiten
...revolution with himself as the target would be just."8 Or as Jefferson himself put it so memorably in 1820, "We have the wolf by the ears; and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go. Justice is in one 6See pages 270-71. 7J. Philmore [pseud.}, TwoDialogues on theMan-Trade (London, 1760), pp. 54, 57....
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Liberalism, Constitutionalism, and Democracy

Russell Hardin - 2003 - 379 Seiten
...the rule of one slave state for every free state. In one of his most widely quoted images, he said 'We have the wolf by the ears, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go'.52 The moral issue was particularly divisive because it had profound economic implications. Slaves...
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The Presidency and the Politics of Racial Inequality: Nation-keeping from ...

Russell Lowell Riley, Russell Lynn Riley - 1999 - 373 Seiten
...beyond the short-term settlement to omens of an intractable problem, and fearfully acknowledged, "[W] e have the wolf by the ears, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go."1 For over forty years after Jefferson wrote that sentence, his successors in the Executive Mansion...
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The Boisterous Sea of Liberty: A Documentary History of America from ...

David Brion Davis, Steven Mintz - 1998 - 608 Seiten
...taking effective steps against slavery. In 1820 he had expressed this thought in more famous wording: "We have the wolf by the ears; and we can neither...in one scale, and self-preservation in the other." In the very year that Jefferson wrote this letter he also presented his only detailed plan for abolishing...
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