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We Shall Overcome by Lyndon Johnson

We Shall Overcome

by Lyndon Johnson


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"There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem. And we are met here tonight as Americans -- not as Democrats or Republicans. We are met here as Americans to solve that problem.

This was the first nation in the history of the world to be founded with a purpose. The great phrases of that purpose still sound in every American heart, North and South: "All men are created equal," "government by consent of the governed," "give me liberty or give me death." Well, those are not just clever words, or those are not just empty theories."

-Lyndon Johnson

This speech was delivered 15 March 1965, Washington, D.C.

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