"We have stricken the shackles from 4,000,000 human beings
and brought all labourers to a common level,
but not so much by the elevation of former slaves
as by reducing the whole working population,
white and black, to a condition of serfdom.
While boasting of our noble deeds,
we are careful to conceal the ugly fact
that by our iniquitous money system
we have manipulated a system of oppression which,
though more refined, is no less cruel than
the old system of chattel slavery."
(1811-1872) Editor of the New York Tribune, ran against Ulysses Grant for presidency