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JOSHUA ARTHUR BROCKETT
American clergyman
(1861 - )

But, as the storm-dipping eagle nurtures her eaglets amid the thunder-scarred crags and peaks of the loftiest mountains, and teaches them to float with joy on the lightning-torn bosom of the blackest storm, so had the Almighty, while the storms of war's horrors were marshaling their forces of awful wrath, raised up the man of liberty amid the majestic forests of a Western home. Like ancient Israel, the prayers, tears and groans of mothers and sisters had gone up a pitiful memorial to God. And when the thunders of cannon, on land and sea, began to shock the continent with their fearful din, forth came the choice of God--the man of liberty.
  Notwithstanding that various official mistakes were made in the commencement of his administration, never has there a greater man graced the American soil, nor the whole circumference of God's footstool, than Abraham Lincoln.
      - [Emancipation Day]

But, inasmuch as the Almighty has created His children of various hues, I plead again, that if one of these children be cast in an image of pearl, another in the image of ebony, another in the image of bronze, if their work be meritorious, then should they receive social and public recognition for their work's sake. Those works demonstrate beyond all cavil that the soul's enshrined within those caskets emanate from the same divine source and partake of the same indefinable essence of infinitude.
      - [Emancipation Day]

Victory perched upon his banners, and, in the midst of joy, on January 1,1863, went forth the decree of Emancipation, the proclamation of which startled the world with its just magnanimity and challenged the admiration of an onlooking universe. Five millions of people, helpless, worse than poor because of their ignorance, made the air resonant with their songs of praise.
  Along the dusty turnpikes men, women, and children journeyed with joy--but where?
    The world's history does not furnish a parallel case. But with undaunted courage they faced the world, wrested from the field its stores, and, under the star of nominal liberty, they are marching on to-day to a higher destiny and to an exalted plane of heroic endeavor undreamed of by their liberator.
      - [Emancipation Day]


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