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Do yourself a favor. Take some time and read the entire letter. Let the context press on you. Be changed, even just a little.
 
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I intend to make use of you as a weapon with which to assail the system of slavery—as a means of concentrating public attention on the system, and deepening their horror of trafficking in the souls and bodies of men. I shall make use of you as a means of exposing the character of the American church and clergy—and as a means of bringing this guilty nation with yourself to repentance. In doing this I entertain no malice towards you personally.

In September of 1848, the incredible Frederick Douglass wrote the following open letter to Thomas Auld — a man who, until a decade previous, had been Douglass' slave master for many years — and published it in North Star, the newspaper he himself founded in 1847. In the letter, Douglass writes of his twenty years as a slave; his subsequent escape and new life; and then enquires about his siblings, presumably still "owned" by his old master. He even asks Auld to imagine his own daughter as a slave. It's a lengthy letter, but perfectly written and such a valuable read. The final paragraph is also exquisite.

Source and full letter: http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/02/i-am-your-fellow-man-but-not-your-slave.html
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