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As I remember it now, the thing that was uppermost in my mind was the desire to say something that would cement the friendship of the races and bring about hearty cooperation between them. (Washington)

I found this sentiment to be a terrific summary by Washington himself in regard to his speech.  His advice both practical and wise to the members of his race was bold and as well as his advice to his white countrymen which was bold in a far different way.  I thought it was clever the way in which he addressed the white members of the crowd in a way asking permission while subtly pointing asserting his point and without sacrificing his dignity.   



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