ADDRESS DELIVERED BEFORE THE DEMOCRATIC STATE CONVENTION RALEIGH, N. C.
JULY 1, 1930
A state convention of North Carolina Democrats, organized, harmonized, and ready for the "kick off" is to me the most inspiring sight my eyes have ever looked upon. For others some other sight and some other theatre, but for me this sight and this theatre possess the power that moves and the glamour that endures.
The record of the Democratic party in North Carolina is a record that makes glad the heart of patriotism. This record marches hand in hand with the record of the state of North Carolina herself. Schools, health, roads, public welfare, are all the handiwork of the Democratic party, and are the monument to the capacity of its leadership.
For thirty years North Carolina has been writing new chapters--brilliant chapters--in the book of progress. Every page in this book is proud that it bears the clear imprint of the statesmanship of the Democratic party. That marvelous story of transformation from a slow-going agricultural state to a commonwealth throbbing with industry, business, commerce, and a re-awakened agriculture, could not have been written except for this living, breathing, controlling, humanizing agent for good that we are happy to call the Democratic party--your party, my party, our party.
Our party stands on its record and asks to be judged on that record. Its candidates run on its record of achievement. It fights on that record. It defeats its opponents on that record. It enjoys the confidence of the people on that record. It will elect, organize, and