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In the galaxy of the sisterhood of States, South Carolina has ever held a place of glorious honor. As a Colony hopeful and expansive, as a State strong and steadfast, she early took rank and kept pace with the marvelous march of Commonwealths in this great Republic.
Rich in resources, princely in power, constructive in civilization, large in measures, mighty in men, transcendent in achievement, the Palmetto State has made a splendid contribution to the American Nation.
Whatever of wealth she has, of fair lands, "sunlit streams," starry skies, together with the poetry of a Timrod, statesmanship of a Calhoun, leadership of a Hampton, patriotism of a Marion, valor of a Jasper, heroism of thousands of glorycrowned sons and the peerless spirit and chivalry of her people of all times, these she has given gladly to the common country as a priceless heritage forever.
With a past full of noble and historic achievements, a present pulsating with the throb and thrill of new life, this proud State is a-tip-top-toe with expectancy of hopeful triumphs in the future, while her destiny is committed to the hands of her loyal sons.
Animated by an ardent love of liberty, she was the first of the Colonies to throw off formally the yoke of King George, and to declare herself a free and independent State.
Throughout the war for the independence of the thirteen States she kept in good faith, steadfastly and valiantly, the pledges made to them at Philadelphia on the Fourth of July, seventeen hundred seventy-six. The burden of that war fell largely upon her.
Moultrie, on Sullivan's Island, won undying fame. Marion, Pickens, the Rutledges, Wade Hampton, and the Pinckneys, so harassed Tarlton and Cornwallis, and so delayed and crippled the latter that he fell an easy prey to Washington at Yorktown, thus ending the war.
And so in Civil affairs, her Lawsons, her Pinckneys and Rutledges and Middletons and Heywards were wise in council and eminent in shaping the destinies of the great American Government.
The blood of these great men still flows in the veins of South Carolinians, and
The Love Of Lirerty Is Still Hee Beacon.
Benjamin Sloan, President. University of South Carolina.
Georgia's history is unique, for she alone, among the original thirteen colonies and the subsequent new states added thereto, was founded with a consciously benevolent purpose, with the deliberate intent to benefit mankind by upbuilding a Commonwealth along carefully planned lines of social, political and religious liberty and justice.
Oglethorpe, the founder of Georgia, was a true apostle of philanthropy and of equality of opportunity for all. His set purpose was to found a State the gates of which should be open to the oppressed of every land and creed, and closed to every form of political, religious or industrial bondage or persecution. His colony welcomed alike those who fled from political or social tyranny, and those, whether Christian or Jew, who sought liberty for conscience's sake. It was a high beginning
Since then Georgia has grown at a rate even more astonishing than the rate of the growth of the nation as a whole; her sons have stood high in every field of activity, intellectual or physical, and rapid though her progress has been in the past, it bids fair to be even greater in the wonderful new century which has now fairly opened.
In Georgia Day speech at the Exposition, June 10, 1907.
THE EMPIRE STATE OF THE SOUTH
Georgia, one of "The Original Thirteen,"
Unflinching in devotion;
From Ocean to Ocean.
In Colony and in State
She always with the first did rate—
This is her reputation;
"Wisdom, Justice, Moderation."
Francis Hodgson Orme.