Victor Hugo on Slavery

August 8, 1851

In a letter to Maria Weston Chapman, Hugo speaks strongly against slavery: “Slavery in the United States! It is the duty of this republic to set such a bad example no longer…. The United States must renounce slavery, or they must renounce liberty. ….” In an introduction to the letter, the editor says, “Give it the widest circulation. Its words will make every humane heart thrill.”