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National Convention at New Orleans, LA


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We are standing in a position where the opportunity is as grands as it was at the time the rebellion closed. It depends upon us whether we shall make a backward or a forward movement in the coming Presidential canvass. It is not alone a question of securing to the negro his vote, but also in protecting ourselves against the oppressions of those who carried the confederate flag during the war. I say whenever the intervention of the federal government is made manifest, the more secure will be the Republican party. We can not afford to lose the power of victory in the Presidential campaign. I would not make any concession to those who still nourish the spirit of treason and ku-kluxism, because I believe that those who ask it, however much they accept the position in theory, they will not accept in practice.

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