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This Day in Georgia History

December 12, 1889

Grady Speech on Race Problem

In Boston, Henry Grady delivered a speech on the topic, “The Race Problem in the South”. In his speech to the Boston Merchants Association, Grady asked the North for patience, confidence, sympathy, and a “loyalty to the Republic.” In asking for national patriotism rather than sectionalism, Grady appealed for a loyalty “that knows no south, no north, no east, no west, but endears with equal and patriotic love every foot or our soil, every State in our Union.”