Frederick Douglass quote about killing from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave - I had as well be killed running as die standing.
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I had as well be killed running as die standing.
 Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845). copy citation

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“God, deliver me! Let me be free! Is there any God? Why am I a slave? I will run away. I will not stand it. Get caught, or get clear, I'll try it. I had as well die with ague as the fever. I have only one life to lose. I had as well be killed running as die standing. Only think of it; one hundred miles straight north, and I am free! Try it? Yes! God helping me, I will. It cannot be that I shall live and die a slave. I will take to the water. This very bay shall yet bear me into freedom.” source

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