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the Liberator

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equivocate (I am in earnestI will not equivocateI will not excuseI will not retreat a single inchAND I WILL BE HEARD.)
To avoid making an explicit statement
detraction (I found contempt more bitter, opposition more active, detraction more relentless, prejudice more stubborn, and apathy more frozen, than among slave owners themselves.)
A derogatory or damaging comment on a person`s character or reputation; disparagement
apathy (I found contempt more bitter, opposition more active, detraction more relentless, prejudice more stubborn, and apathy more frozen, than among slave owners themselves.)
Lack of interest or concern, especially regarding matters of general importance or appeal; indifference
inalienable (Assenting to the `self-evident truth` maintained in the American Declaration of Independence, `that all men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rightsamong which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,` I shall strenuously contend for the immediate enfranchisement of our slave population.)
That cannot be transferred to another or others
unequivocal (I seize this opportunity to make a full and unequivocal recantation, and thus publicly to ask pardon of my God, of my country, and of my brethren the poor slaves, for having uttered a sentiment so full of timidity, injustice and absurdity.)
Admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding; clear and unambiguous
inculcated (The principles therein inculcated will be steadily pursued in this paper, excepting that I shall not array myself as the political partisan of any man.)
To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill
persecuted (Let southern oppressors tremblelet their secret abettors tremblelet their northern apologists tremble-let all the enemies of the persecuted blacks tremble.)
To oppress or harass with ill-treatment, especially because of race, religion, gender, sexual
extricate (Tell a man whose house is on fire, to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present.)
To release from an entanglement or difficulty; disengage
invective (It is pretended, that I am retarding the cause of emancipation by the coarseness of my invective, and the precipitancy of my measures.)
Denunciatory or abusive language; vituperation. Denunciatory or abusive expression or discourse
dishearten (This state of things afflicted, but did not dishearten me.)
To shake or destroy the courage or resolution of; dispirit
timidity (I seize this opportunity to make a full and unequivocal recantation, and thus publicly to ask pardon of my God, of my country, and of my brethren the poor slaves, for having uttered a sentiment so full of timidity, injustice and absurdity.)
Fearful and hesitant:
pedestal (The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal, and to hasten the resurrection of the dead.)
An architectural support or base, as for a column or statue. A support or foundation. A position of high regard or adoration
pernicious (In Park-street Church, on the Fourth of July, 1829, in an address on slavery, I unreflectingly assented to the popular but pernicious doctrine of gradual abolition.)
Tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly
Assenting (Assenting to the `self-evident truth` maintained in the American Declaration of Independence, `that all men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rightsamong which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,` I shall strenuously contend for the immediate enfranchisement of our slave population.)
To agree, as to a proposal; concur. n. Agreement; concurrence
imperious (Since that time, the removal of the Genius of Universal Emancipation. to the Seat of Government has rendered less imperious the establishment of a similar periodical in that quarter.)
Arrogantly domineering or overbearing. See synonyms at dictatorial . Urgent; pressing
thwart (Scorning the disgrace Of slavish knees that at thy footstool bow, I also kneelbut with far other vow Do hail thee and thy hord of hirelings base: I swear, while life-blood warms my throbbing veins, Still to oppose and thwart, with heart and hand, Thy brutalising sway-till Africs chains Are burst, and Freedom rules the rescued land, Trampling Oppression and his iron rod: Such is the vow I takeSO HELP ME GOD! Boston, January 1, 1831 )
To prevent the occurrence, realization, or attainment of
derive (In defending the great cause of human rights, I wish to derive the assistance of all religions and of all parties.)
To obtain or receive from a source. To arrive at by reasoning; deduce or infer
posterity (On this question my influence, humble as it is, is felt at this moment to a considerable extent, and shall be felt in coming years-not perniciously, but beneficially-not as a curse, but as a blessing; and posterity will bear testimony that I was right.)
Future generations
array (The principles therein inculcated will be steadily pursued in this paper, excepting that I shall not array myself as the political partisan of any man.)
To set out for display or use; place in an orderly arrangement
withering (I have seen thee, face to face, And met thy cruel eye and cloudy brow; But thy soul-withering glance I fear not now For dread to prouder feelings doth give place Of deep abhorrence!)
Tending to overwhelm or destroy; devastating