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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
268. The Slave
 
By James Oppenheim
 
 
THEY set the slave free, striking off his chains….
Then he was as much of a slave as ever.
 
He was still chained to servility,
He was still manacled to indolence and sloth,
He was still bound by fear and superstition,        5
By ignorance, suspicion, and savagery …
His slavery was not in the chains,
But in himself …
 
They can only set free men free …
And there is no need of that:        10
Free men set themselves free.
 

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