Frederick Douglass quote about light from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave - Let us render the tyrant no aid; let us not hold the light by which he can trace the footprints of our flying brother.
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Let us render the tyrant no aid; let us not hold the light by which he can trace the footprints of our flying brother.
 Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845). copy citation

Context

“Let him be left to feel his way in the dark; let darkness commensurate with his crime hover over him; and let him feel that at every step he takes, in pursuit of the flying bondman, he is running the frightful risk of having his hot brains dashed out by an invisible agency. Let us render the tyrant no aid; let us not hold the light by which he can trace the footprints of our flying brother. But enough of this. I will now proceed to the statement of those facts, connected with my escape, for which I am alone responsible, and for which no one can be made to suffer but myself.
In the early part of the year 1838, I became quite restless.” source

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