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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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hundred years, her people, once skilled in the arts and sciences, were hurled to the terrible abyss of barbarism and idolatry. History repeats itself ; and only those who study its philosophy, can interpret its phenomena and point out a way of escape from its dreadful retributions.
The colored race of this country, have but recently emerged from the condition of slavery. We know what was its influence ; we know the ruin it has made ; we know the wide-spread desolation it has caused. We also know who were instruments in the hands of Almighty God, in driving the accursed institution from the land and declaring freedom to the race, which for two and a half centuries had groaned in chains. The instruments of our disenthralment were the noble patriots who still cling to the standard of the Union Republican party.
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