Horace Mann Centennial: 1837-1937

Horace Mann Centennial: 1837-1937

Horace Mann Centennial: 1837-1937

Horace Mann Centennial: 1837-1937

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In issuing this commemorative volume for use in the schools of this Commonwealth, and as a successor in the great office created by the Legislature and inspired by Horace Mann's Secretaryship, I am pleased to place as my foreword to the publication the final words of Horace Mann's last address to the graduating class at Antioch College in 1859:

"I beseech you to treasure up in your hearts these my parting words: be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity."

Horace Mann's particular victory for humanity was to make "the dead letter of Massachusetts school law live in classrooms and community intelligence . . ." His faith in education and his courageous yet patient struggle in that cause won increased educational opportunity not only for the youth of Massachusetts, but also for the youth of the Nation.

May this volume, through the schools which he helped to found and the pupils for whom he helped to secure their present opportunities, serve well in carrying the story of Horace Mann and his work to all our citizens.

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