Monday, January 10, 2011

Frederick Douglass on the goodness of people

I'm reading Douglass's third autobiography now. I recommend the first highly, but only dipped briefly into the second and moved on to the third when I realized that was where he told the story of his escape, which he omitted in the earlier books for fear of compromising people who worked the underground railroad.

Anyway, I'm up to the part where he's managing the penultimate stop on that run to freedom. He writes that when they needed to raise money to help runaways make the last leg into Canada,
...we seldom called in vain on whig or democrat for help. Men were better than their theology, and truer to humanity, than to their politics, or their offices.