Friendly Persuasion

We are opposed to slavery.
But we do not believe it right
to kill one man to free another.

Ma'am, it's not going to be a question
of fighting for freedom or a principle...

...but of protecting our own towns,
our own homes, from attack.

Would you men stand by while others
die to protect you?

You look like a boy who could give a
good account of himself.

I've been tempted to fight.
I guess the Good Lord knows why.
I mean, sometimes I get the
sinful wish to get into a scrap.

So I got to watch myself
closer than most people.

So I'll just stay away from the war.
Because if I ever got into it,
I'd be a goner.

And you, son?
Are you ready to put up with looting
and killing without lifting a finger?

Are you afraid to fight?
I don't know.
Here, at last, is an honest answer.
I don't wish to offend...
...but how many of you are hiding
behind your church to save your skins?

Is it right to let others fight for you?
To protect your lives and your property?
Why don't you speak up?
I'll speak up.
Nothing could ever induce me
to bear arms against my fellow man.