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Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 2, Chapter 54: public addresses concerning the freedmen in 1866, advocating education (search)
murder the poor, burn the churches and schoolhouses, try us severely. The twistings and turnings of our great men, who are wedded to politics as a trade, who are too great to own the manhood of the slave, too great to consider important the interests of the lowly, perplex us; but the past cannot be blotted out; our country A band of white men opposed to all attempts to benefit the blacks had brutally assaulted a teacher, from the North, at Warrenton,Va. Amer-ican Missionary Magazine, June, 1866. is being purged, is being redeemed, and shall be blessed. Henry Ward Beecher followed me and urged help, real help to the freedmen's societies. He spoke with great force and earnestness. Two days later I entreated the American Bible Society at their anniversary exercises, held also in New York, to extend their Bible distribution to the freedmen in the South, and hastened back to my work in Washington, which I only left once again that year to address the people of Brooklyn and Ne