Looking Back
by DCDave

"All they ask, we could readily grant, if we thought slavery right;
all we ask, they could as readily grant, if they thought it wrong.
Their thinking it right, and our thinking it wrong, is the precise
fact upon which depends the entire controversy. Thinking it
right, as they do, they are not to blame for desiring its full
recognition as being right; but thinking it wrong, as we do,
can we yield to them? Can we cast our votes with their view
and against our own? In view of our moral, social, and
political responsibilities, can we do this?"

-- Abraham Lincoln

Looking Back

Bag upon bag upon bag upon bag of white cotton,
Piled in a mule-wagon bound for the gin,
A sight of my youth in the South now forgotten,
Just like the war that my forebears fought in.

O for my kith and my kin,
What a miserable fight to be in,
A war that we never could win,
As we fought for the right to be free
From Northerners who wouldn't see
What we saw in our slavery.

David Martin

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