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"Five score years ago," the preacher began, "a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity. But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free."

Abe and Henry had come to help finish the work begun a century before. They'd been there during Reconstruction, driving out the vampires who continued to terrorize emancipated slaves.... (14.28-9)

We focus on the 19th century here, but the actions of Abe and Henry have echoes in present day America. Or at least 1963, when Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous speech, referencing Lincoln's good deeds. But as much as Abe and Henry did to make America the country they wanted, it's still not quite there yet.

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