“The practice of separating children from their mother, and hiring the latter out at distances too great to admit of their meeting, except at long intervals, is a marked feature of the cruelty and barbarity of the slave. But it is in harmony with the grand aim of slavery, which, always and everywhere, is to reduce man to a level with the brute. It is a successful method of obliterating from the mind and heart of the slave, all just ideas of the sacredness of the family, as an institution.”
– Frederick Douglass
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“Frederick Douglass Quote on Slavery and Family” Sources:
- Portrait taken in 1876 – National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, NPG.80.282
- Douglass, Frederick, and Editions, Mint. My Bondage and My Freedom. United States, West Margin Press, 2020.