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The Tao of the Trial

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From the trial transcript:
Miss Crandall’s Boarding School
for Young Ladies of Color
 
Canterbury, CT, 1833-34

 
The Tao of the Trial
 
Miss Crandall, you stand accused of knowingly teaching colored persons not resident of the state, without prior consent.  What is your plea?
 
The Teacher does not instruct.  The Teacher waits.
 
Girl, has anyone been teaching anything to you and your friends?
 
Who taught you how to plead the Fifth Amendment?
 
Your honor, I submit as evidence of the alleged teachings of alleged students
this colored girl here, who openly reads books and gazes skyward, who has been overheard conversing animatedly in polysyllabic words and referring off-handedly to the Ancient Greeks.
 
The Teacher teaches, without words and without action, simplicity, patience, and compassion.
 
~ Marilyn Nelson ~
 
 
(Poetry, September 2005)

Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.
— William E. Gladston

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls. –— Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902)

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