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THE BASIC AFRO-AMERICAN REPRINT LIBRARY

Books on the history, culture, and
social environment of Afro-Americans

Selected by Clarence L. Holte

Copyright, 1914, by
JOHN W. CROMWELL

First reprinting, 1968, Johnson Reprint Corporation

Printed in the United States of America

E 185
c92

1968

DEDICATION

Oh! Sing it in the light of freedom's morn,
Tho' tyrant wars have made the earth a grave;
The good, the great, and true, are, if so, born,
And so with slaves, chains do not make the slave!
If high-souled birth be what the mother gave,
If manly birth, and manly to the core, -
Whate'er the test, the man will he behave!
Crush him to earth, and crush him o'er and o'er,
A MAN he'll rise at last and meet you as before.

-A. A. WHITMAN.

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