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the nation was still divided. The task
before Grady was to move hearts
from the past to a new day under one
flag, over one nation―America. For
a man from the South to be invited to
address such an assembly as this in
such a time as this was an honor but
also extremely delicate. Grady faced
an incredible challenge.

Henry Grady rose to speak.

Present in the audience were such
industrial leaders as J.P. Morgan and
H.M. Flagler, a founder of Standard
Oil. Those present waited with abat-
ed breath to see what this man from
the former slave states would have
to say. For 20 minutes Henry Grady
held the audience spellbound with
his speech titled “The Old South
and the New.” He gave tribute to
America’s great president, Abraham
Lincoln. He drew tight the bands
that once again tightened the North
and the South together. With great
eloquence he quoted Benjamin H.

Hill, “There was a South of slavery
and secession―that South is dead.

There is now a South of union and
When Grady arrived at his office,
he found waiting for him an invitation
from the New England Society of New
York to be the principal speaker at the
Society’s next dinner. He accepted the
invitation and went to New York and
spoke. The national atmosphere was
complicated. Thousands of lives, Northern and
Southern, had been snuffed out by the
war just 20 years earlier. The tears of
that awful conflict were barely dry. Still,
in some quarters there were demonstra-
tions in honor of Jefferson Davis. Al-
though the North had been victorious,
Homeplace of the Grady Fanily
in Athens, Georgia