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Address to the Colored Voters of the State of Pennsylvania, issued by the Pennsylvania State Equal Rights League, Harrisburg, August 1872
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"They have clasped hands with the rebels across the bloody chasm," whose purpose is to overthrow the glorious results of the recent terrible war of the rebellion and inaugurate through the old wicked heresy of States Rights, a code of laws more infamous than those of Draco--more intolerable than those which governed the serfs of the feudal ages. The philosophic axiom, based upon historic facts, that revolutions never go backward, is an acknowledged truth. But it is also true that the wheel of revolution sometimes oscillates: going neither backward nor forward, but vibrating, like the pendulum in the same groove: as witness the transition of Europe from the golden ages to the dark ages, and thence again to the ages of civilization and enlightenment. For four
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