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I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the M 17 speeches 5-203 4/16/01 4:01 PM Page 18 18 Great American Speeches for Young People future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years, to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House? Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received?

Other soldiers recalled Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! Victory or death! [but] there will be no defeat! Victory is as certain as God reigns. I feel the inspiration in every fiber of my being. Trust in the God of the just and fear not! V speeches 5-203 4/16/01 4:02 PM Page 51 ✩ Elijah Lovejoy In Defense of a Free Press Alton, Illinois November 3, 1837 Elijah Lovejoy was a white abolitionist newspaperman and publisher of the Alton Observer in Alton, Illinois. He was driven from state to state by pro-slavery mobs that destroyed his printing presses three times.

Speeches 5-203 4/16/01 4:01 PM Page 36 ✩ Red Jacket, Seneca Chief “We Never Quarrel about Religion” Buffalo, New York Summer 1805 Red Jacket of the Senecas was one of the greatest Native American orators, as proud of his speaking ability as he was of being a warrior. He liked to wear a red coat he received from the British during the Revolutionary War, but he otherwise shunned the customs of whites and promoted the traditional way of life for his people. At a conference of chiefs of the Senecas at Buffalo Creek, he used clear logic and diplomacy to rebuff the efforts of Reverend Cram, a Boston missionary of the Moravian Church, to convert his tribe to Christianity.

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