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[223] point with pride to the fact that the declaration that ‘these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free,’ was penned by a Southern statesman; that this declaration was made good under the leadership of a Southern general; that ‘the Father of the Constitution’ was a Southern man; that through a president, a Southern man, our boundaries were extended from ocean to ocean and from the gulf to the lakes; and that prior to the late war all assaults against the integrity of the Union were compromised and accommodated mainly through Southern statesmanship. When, after fifty years of its existence, the government was turned over to the statesmen of the North, in the language of one of her gifted and eloquent sons, the South surrendered it to her successors ‘matchless in her power, incalculable in her strength, the pride and the glory of the world.’

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