“When I wish to form a true conception of the government of the United States, (using a personified representation) I picture to myself a bloated, swaggering libertine, trampling on the Bible–its own Constitution–its treaties with the Indians–the petitions of its citizens; with one hand whipping a Negro, tied to a liberty-pole, and with the other dashing an emaciated Indian to the ground…But every other country is under the same reprobate authority. I must, then, either go out of the world, or find some way to live where I am, without being a hypocrite, or a partaker in the sins of the nation”

-John Humphrey Noyes’s Independence from the US (100)

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