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" If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could do it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that. "
Life of Abraham Lincoln: Presenting His Early History, Political Career, and ... - Page 394
by Joseph Hartwell Barrett - 1865 - 842 pages
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An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War

Charles Pierce Roland - History - 2004 - 289 pages
...letter: "My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving...
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Silent Covenants: Brown v. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for ...

Derrick Bell - History - 2004 - 240 pages
...with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and...
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The Deconstitutionalization of America: The Forgotten Frailties of ...

Roger Milton Barrus, John H. Eastby, Joseph H. Lane, Jr., David E. Marion, James F. Pontuso - History - 2004 - 162 pages
...declared, "My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving...
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Silent Covenants: Brown V. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for ...

Derrick Bell - History - 2004 - 230 pages
...with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and...
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The American Civil War

Cole Christian Kingseed - History - 2004 - 185 pages
...with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and...
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The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

Richard Wormser - History - 2004 - 224 pages
...the war: "My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and...
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The Character Factor: How We Judge America's Presidents

James P. Pfiffner - Political Science - 2003 - 224 pages
...Greeley: My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving...
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Dream West

David Nevin - Fiction - 2005 - 640 pages
...whether we'll let it break the Union. Let me put it plainly, madam. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save...if I could do it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that. 1 would welcome the South back this evening, slaves and all, if it would...
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Lincoln's Wrath: Fierce Mobs, Brilliant Scoundrels and a President's Mission ...

Jeffrey Manber, Neil Dahlstrom - History - 2006 - 368 pages
...relate his views on the slavery question, and to his approach on the entire war. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either...without freeing any slave, I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and...
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Lincoln in the Times: The Life of Abraham Lincoln, as Originally Reported in ...

Director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College Harold Holzer - Biography & Autobiography - 2005 - 413 pages
...remiss." Three days later, Lincoln replied with a famous letter reiterating: "My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either...destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it. ..." What Greeley and other critics did not know is that Lincoln had...
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