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Liberty is the greatest blessing that men enjoy, and slavery the heaviest curse that human nature is capable of…Those who are governed at the will of another, or others, and whose property may be taken from them by taxes or otherwise without their own consent and against their wills are in the miserable condition of slaves.

– Stephen Hopkins, “The Rights of Colonies Examined” in Pamphlets of the American Revolution, 1750-1776, 507-508.



Human nature manifests itself universally in the quest for freedom. Political self-government emanates from individual self-control.- Joyce Appleby, Liberalism and Republicanism in the Historical Imagination, 1.