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Centennial: The American Negro from 1776-1876; Oration Delivered at Avondale, Ohio, 1876
			
                  ORATION.



             THE AMERICAN NEGRO,

              FROM 1776 TO 1876.


MR. PRESIDENT, LADIES, AND GENTLEMEN:--
    The nation halts, after a march of a hundred years,
to number its trophies, to measure its progress.  All that
was mortal has gone down into the tomb of the past.  But
the muse of history has guarded with jealous devotion the
unfading fame of the fathers, and confided to their children
all that is worthy of emulation. We receive the scroll
richly enameled with historic names--names that shall ever
be associated with all that is sublime and enduring in our
American institutions. The deeds of patriotism; the acts
of high daring; the intrepid devotion to the truth, and the
incomparable humanity set opposite these names-all that
they accomplished is a rich legacy to every loyal heart that
beats upon this continent.  It is interesting to us, and in-
valuable to the generations that shall soon stand where we
stand.
          "Oh! checkered train of years, farewell,
             With all thy strifes and hopes and fears;
           But with us let thy memories dwell,
             To warn and teach the coming years."

    We listen with rapt attention to the men who shared
the perils incident to the founding of our government.
We follow with reverence the pen of the poet and historian
who have sung and recorded the heroism of the fathers
of '76.  We trace in the cold marble the sublime ideas that




			
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Centennial: The American Negro from 1776-1876; Oration Delivered at Avondale, Ohio, 1876

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