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Deval Patrick's Missing Paragraph

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The new govenor of Massachusetts gave an inagural address today and talked about boats. I am copying that part of his speech and also the part he forgot to include, the last paragraph.

"America herself is an improbable journey. People have come to these shores from all over the world, in all manner of boats, and built from a wilderness one of the most remarkable societies in human history. We are most remarkable not just for our material accomplishments or military might, but because of the ideals to which we have dedicated ourselves. We have defined those ideals over time and through struggle as equality, opportunity and fair play – ideals about universal human dignity. For these, at the end of the day, we are the envy to the world.

Massachusetts invented America. American ideals were first spoken here, first dreamed about here. Our constitution is the oldest, and one of the most explicit about individual freedoms. Our legislature is the longest continuously operating democratic body on the face of the earth. In so many ways, our struggle, our sacrifice, our optimism shaped the institutions and advanced the ideals of this Nation.

Our founders came on the Mayflower, the Arabella, and the early clipper ships. But there were other boats, too. There was the Amistad and her cargo of kidnapped Africans, who commandeered the ship to sail home to Africa, but who were seized in Long Island Sound and imprisoned in New Haven.

On this very day 165 years ago, a young man named Kinna, who had been part of that rebellion, sent a letter from prison to our own John Quincy Adams, who had retired from public life at home in Massachusetts.

Kinna pleaded with Adams to help the 36 captives from his ship to earn their freedom. Adams took the case all the way to the United States Supreme Court and won.

As a gesture of thanks and respect, the Africans gave Adams a Bible, called the Mendi Bible, after their tribal homeland.

I took the oath this morning with my hand resting on that same Bible -- and with my resolve strengthened by that same legacy. I am descended from people once forbidden their most basic and fundamental freedoms, a people desperate for a reason to hope and willing to fight for it. And so are you. So are you. Because the Amistad was not just a Black man’s journey; it was an American journey. This Commonwealth – and the Nation modeled on it – is at its best when we show we understand a faith in what’s possible, and the willingness to work for it."

The Massachusetts tall ship is another boat that is important to our heritage. It was one of 4000 schooners built around Gloucester to fish for cod, our state fish. It had a second career as a famous Arctic exploration boat, bringing back samples, data, and living animals back for zoos from 1925 until WW2. It started its long career of taking young people out and teaching them about nature and working together back then. When WW2 came, the Ernestina (Effie M. Morrissey at the time) was in the military service; bring supplies to Greenland for our bases, as well as helping chart the Arctic waters. After the war, a Cape Verdean bought the boat and used it to take goods over and bring immigrants back. Her name was changed to Ernestina, and she was the last trans-Atlantic sailboat to bring immigrants to this country, many to Massachusetts. When Cape Verde became independent, she was given to the United States as a symbol of friendship, and the US put MA in charge of it. After extensive restoration, she started taking kids out for educational purposes. Thousands of people were aboard her and learned about our history, marine biology, navigation, the environment, physics, and simply working as a team. She is almost 113 now, but she sat at the dock last summer. We have decided to fix her up and continue some of the very successful programs she developed over the years and I will make it a DCR priority. She is a real boat, not a replica and everyone should see her and learn about what she has done.