Frederick Douglass on Power

If there is no struggle 
There is no progress 
Those who profess to favor freedom 
And yet depreciate agitation
Are men who want crops 
Without plowing up the ground
They want rain without thunder and lightning
They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters

Power concedes nothing without a demand
It never did and it never will.

-Frederick Douglass, 1857

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