“Now, when by all these means, you have succeeded indehumanizing the negro; when you have put him down, and made it forever impossible for him to be but as the beasts of the field; when you have exinguished his soul, and placed him where the ray of hope is blown out in darkness like that which broods over the spirit of the damned; are you quite sure the demon which you have roused will not turn and rend you?” —Abraham Lincoln, 1858