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excellence for the loyal and gentle quality of its citizenship.
This hour little needs the LOYALTY THAT IS LOYAL TO ONE SECTION and yet holds the other in enduring
suspicion and estrangement. Give us the broad and perfect loyalty that loves and trusts GEORGIA alike with
Massachusetts--that knows no SOUTH, no North, no EAST, no West, but endears with equal and patriotic
love every foot of our soil, every State of our Union.
A MIGHTY DUTY, SIR, AND A MIGHTY INSPIRATION impels every one of us to-night to lose in patriotic
consecration WHATEVER ESTRANGES, WHATEVER DIVIDES.
WE, SIR, are Americans--AND WE STAND FOR HUMAN LIBERTY! The uplifting force of the American
idea is under every throne on earth. France, Brazil--THESE ARE OUR VICTORIES. To redeem the earth from
kingcraft and oppression--THIS IS OUR MISSION! AND WE SHALL NOT FAIL. God has sown in our soil
the seed of His millennial harvest, and He will not lay the sickle to the ripening crop until His full and perfect
day has come. OUR HISTORY, SIR, has been a constant and expanding miracle, FROM PLYMOUTH ROCK
AND JAMESTOWN, all the way--aye, even from the hour when from the voiceless and traceless ocean a new
world rose to the sight of the inspired sailor. As we approach the fourth centennial of that stupendous
day--when the old world will come to marvel and to learn amid our gathered treasures--let us resolve to crown
the miracles of our past with the spectacle of a Republic, compact, united INDISSOLUBLE IN THE BONDS
OF LOVE--loving from the Lakes to the Gulf--the wounds of war healed in every heart as on every hill,
serene and resplendent AT THE SUMMIT OF HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT AND EARTHLY GLORY, blazing
out the path and making clear the way up which all the nations of the earth, must come in God's appointed
--HENRY W. GRADY, The Race Problem.
... I WOULD CALL HIM NAPOLEON, but Napoleon made his way to empire over broken oaths and through
a sea of blood. This man never broke his word. "No Retaliation" was his great motto and the rule of his life;
AND THE LAST WORDS UTTERED TO HIS SON IN FRANCE WERE THESE: "My boy, you will one day go
back to Santo Domingo; forget that France murdered your father." I WOULD CALL HIM CROMWELL, but
Cromwell was only a soldier, and the state he founded went down with him into his grave. I WOULD CALL
HIM WASHINGTON, but the great Virginian held slaves. THIS MAN RISKED HIS EMPIRE rather than
permit the slave-trade in the humblest village of his dominions.
YOU THINK ME A FANATIC TO-NIGHT, for you read history, not with your eyes, BUT WITH YOUR
PREJUDICES. But fifty years hence, when Truth gets a hearing, the Muse of History will put PHOCION for
the Greek, and BRUTUS for the Roman, HAMPDEN for England, LAFAYETTE for France, choose
WASHINGTON as the bright, consummate flower of our EARLIER civilization, AND JOHN BROWN the ripe
fruit of our NOONDAY, then, dipping her pen in the sunlight, will write in the clear blue, above them all, the
name of THE SOLDIER, THE STATESMAN, THE MARTYR, TOUSSAINT L'OUVERTURE.
--Wendell Phillips, Toussaint l'Ouverture.
Drill on the following selections for change of pitch: Beecher's "Abraham Lincoln," p. 76; Seward's
"Irrepressible Conflict," p. 67; Everett's "History of Liberty," p. 78; Grady's "The Race Problem," p. 36; and
Beveridge's "Pass Prosperity Around," p. 470.