” The mere toleration of the slave trade could not make slavery itself – the right of property in man – lawful any where, not even on board the slave ship. Toleration of a wrong is not law. “


” Slavery, if it can be legalized at all, can be legalized only by positive legislation. Natural law gives it no aid. Custom imparts to it no legal sanction. “


” It is perfectly clear, in the first place, that the constitution of the United States did not, of itself, create or establish slavery as a new institution, or even give any authority to the state governments to establish it as a new institution. The greatest sticklers for slavery do not claim this. “


” Slavery is a wrong to each individual enslaved, and not merely to the first of a series. Natural law, therefore, as much forbids the enslaving of the child, as if the wrong of enslaving the parent had never been perpetrated. “



All 4 Lysander Spooner Quotes about Slavery in picture


The mere toleration of the slave trade could not make slavery itself - the right of property in man - lawful any where, not even on board the slave ship. Toleration of a wrong is not law.
Slavery, if it can be legalized at all, can be legalized only by positive legislation. Natural law gives it no aid. Custom imparts to it no legal sanction.
It is perfectly clear, in the first place, that the constitution of the United States did not, of itself, create or establish slavery as a new institution, or even give any authority to the state governments to establish it as a new institution. The greatest sticklers for slavery do not claim this.
Slavery is a wrong to each individual enslaved, and not merely to the first of a series. Natural law, therefore, as much forbids the enslaving of the child, as if the wrong of enslaving the parent had never been perpetrated.

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