The soul that is within me no man can degrade.
Once let the black man get upon his person the brass letters US, let him get an eagle on his button, and a musket on his shoulder, and bullets in his pocket, and there is no power on earth or under the earth which can deny that he has earned the right of citizenship in the United States.
Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.
A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.
I could, as a free man, look across the bay toward the Eastern Shore where I was born a slave.
I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored man's political hopes and the ark of his safety.
The man who is right is a majority. We, who have God and conscience on our side, have a majority against the universe.
The ground which a colored man occupies in this country is, every inch of it, sternly disputed.
I was broken in body, soul and spirit. My natural elasticity was crushed, my intellect languished, the disposition to read departed, the cheerful spark that lingered about my eye died; the dark night of slavery closed in upon me; and behold a man transformed into a brute!
You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.
This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony.