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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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Victory of Law: The Fourteenth Amendment, the Civil War, and American ...

Deak Nabers - History - 2006 - 239 pages
...slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and it is not either to save or destroy slavery. If I could...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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Father Abraham: Lincoln's Relentless Struggle to End Slavery

Richard Striner - History - 2006 - 320 pages
...paramount object in this struggle," he wrote, "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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One Nation, Indivisible?: A Study of Secession and the Constitution

Robert F. Hawes - Political Science - 2006 - 374 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 leaving...
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Self-Government, the American Theme: Presidents of the Founding and Civil War

Will Morrisey - History - 2005 - 290 pages
...wrote, "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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Lincoln's Defense of Politics: The Public Man and His Opponents in the ...

Thomas E. Schneider - Biography & Autobiography - 2006 - 224 pages
...was.' . . . 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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Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney: Slavery, Secession, and the President's War ...

James F. Simon - History - 2006 - 324 pages
...replied: "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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The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln as Reflected in His Briefer Letters ...

Abraham Lincoln - History - 2006 - 265 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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America's Forgotten History: Part Two - Rupture

Mark David Ledbetter - Enlightenment - 2007 - 472 pages
...his goal: 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 feeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving...
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The Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views

Harold Holzer, Edna G. Medford, Frank J. Williams - History - 2006 - 272 pages
...unless they could at the same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or destroy slavery." He was quick to add that he was presenting his "view of official duty; and I intend no modification...
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Dixie Betrayed: How the South Really Lost the Civil War

David J. Eicher - History - 2007 - 338 pages
...paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union," Lincoln wrote, "and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without...if I could do it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that. ... I intend no modification of my oftexpressed personal wish that all...
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