SPEECH GIVEN AT NYC REPUBLICAN CLUB
Theodore Roosevelt encouraged Americans to grow as a united people, not as separate ethnic identities (as he called them, hyphenated Americans). In this speech to the New York City Republican Club on Feb. 13, 1905, he spoke of the universal standards by which both whites and blacks, Northerners and Southerners, should be judged, and the universal human spirit that would overcome any difficulty. He concludes here by saying, "...fundamentally our people are the same throughout this land; the same in the qualities of the heart and brain and hand which have made the Republic what it is in the great today; which will make it what it is to be in the infinitely greater tomorrow."
This copy of the speech was autographed by Teddy Roosevelt.
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