Gerrit Smith

March 21, 1862

A long speech, given by Smith at the Smithsonian  Institute.  The final sentences provide a call for action:  “The question is no longer whether slavery shall die.  The sole question now is whether our slavery-bewildered nation shall live.  It will live, if the Government resolves unconditionally that it shall.  But it will not live, if the Government persist in the purpose that slavery shall also live.”