For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate.

from Patrick Henry – Speech to the Second Virginia Convention on Rap Genius

Meaning

Freedom or slavery to the British though! Henry’s not touching on the enslavement of Africans in American colonies here, and Virginians would keep doing that for nearly another hundred years.

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