The Morrow Book of Quotations in American History

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Carry Nation (1846-1911): Prohibitionist

You have put me in here a cub, but I will come out roaring like a lion, and I will make all hell howl!

(On being jailed in Barber County, Kansas, c. 1901)

Huey P. Newton (1942-): Black youth leader

There has always existed in the Black colony of Afro- America a fundamental difference over which tactics from the broad spectrum of alternatives Black people should employ in their struggle for national liberation. One side of this difference contends that Black people... must employ no tactic that will anger the oppressor whites. This view holds that Black people constitute a hopeless minority and that salvation for Black people lies in developing brotherly relations....

On the other side of the difference, we find that the point of departure is the principle that the oppressor has no rights that the oppressed is bound to respect. Kill the slavemaster, destroy him utterly, move against him with implacable fortitude. Break his oppressive power by any means necessary.

( "In Defense of Self-Defense," The Black Panther, 3 July 1967)

Richard M. Nixon (1913-): Thirty-seventh president

Traitors in the high councils of our own government have made sure that the deck is stacked on the Soviet side of the diplomatic tables.

(Remark during Alger Hiss investigation, 1949)

Mr. Truman, Dean Acheson and other administration officials for political reasons covered up this Communist conspiracy and attempted to halt its exposure.

(Campaign speech, September 1952)

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