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National Convention at New Orleans, LA

1872LA-National-reports-page82.pdf

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Mr. T. Morris Chester then introduced Professor A. M. Green, of the District of Columbia.

Professor Green-If I desired to go over in detail the many rough experiences we have gone through in the period which has intervened since the time when colored people were not permitted to converse of their own accord, I could relate some curious tales. I have been repeatedly told by Confederate soldiers that had it not been for the negroes rallying round the federal banner "we would have whipped the Yankees." [Loud applause.] The war was not a war for the negro; it commenced against the negro on both sides; it ended in favor of the negro on both sides.

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