Address at Kentucky’s Centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, Freedom Hall, Louisville, Kentucky

March 18, 1963


Louisville, KY

Oscar Handlin, the historian, observed: “Once I thought to write a history of immigrants in America. Then I discovered that immigrants were American history.” Let us remember that history and look with confidence to the future, recognizing that our investment in new citizens will be repaid thousands of times over.