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" If slavery is right, all words, acts, laws, and constitutions against it are themselves wrong and should be silenced and swept away. If it is right, we cannot justly object to its nationality — its universality ; if it is wrong, they cannot justly insist... "
Life of Abraham Lincoln - Page 211
by Josiah Gilbert Holland - 1866 - 544 pages
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Slavery and Its Consequences: The Constitution, Equality, and Race

Robert A. Goldwin, Art Kaufman - Law - 1988 - 181 pages
...blessing. Nor can we justifiably withhold this, on any ground save our conviction that slavery is wrong. If slavery is right, all words, acts, laws, and constitutions...ask, they could as readily grant, if they thought it wrong. Their thinking it right, and our thinking it wrong, is the precise fact upon which depends...
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Party Ideologies in America, 1828-1996

John Gerring - Political Science - 2001 - 337 pages
...1896: 100). early in 1860 - one of only two major public addresses he gave in that climactic year: If slavery is right, all words, acts, laws, and constitutions...ask, they could as readily grant, if they thought it wrong. Their thinking it right, and our thinking it wrong, is the precise fact upon which depends...
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The Approaching Fury

Stephen B. Oates - History - 2009 - 100 pages
...they cannot cease to demand full national recognition of it, as a legal right, and social blessing. If slavery is right, all words, acts, laws, and constitutions...themselves wrong, and should be silenced and swept away. All they ask, we could readily grant, if we thought slavery right; all we ask, they could as readily...
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The American Reader: Words That Moved a Nation

Diane Ravitch - Reference - 2000 - 656 pages
...blessing. Nor can we justifiably withhold this on any ground save our conviction that slavery is wrong. If slavery is right, all words, acts, laws, and constitutions...we ask they could as readily grant if they thought it wrong. Their thinking it right and our thinking it wrong is the precise fact upon which depends...
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Friends and Citizens: Essays in Honor of Wilson Carey McWilliams

Wilson C. McWilliams, Peter Dennis Bathory, Nancy Lynn Schwartz - Political Science - 2001 - 311 pages
...at some level, reach certainty and universality. If slavery is right, all words, acts, laws, and the constitutions against it, are themselves wrong, and...justly insist upon its extension — its enlargement. . . . LET US HAVE FAITH THAT RIGHT MAKES MIGHT, AND IN THAT FAITH, LET US, TO THE END, DARE DO OUR...
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The American Midwest: Essays on Regional History

Andrew R. L. Cayton, Susan E. Gray - History - 2001 - 264 pages
...we are sectional," he stated bluntly. "We deny it." Slavery, not sectionalism, divided the nation. "All they ask, we could readily grant, if we thought slavery right," Lincoln argued; "all we ask, they could as readily grant, if they thought it wrong. Their thinking...
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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
...blessing. Nor can we justifiably withhold this on any ground save our conviction that Slavery is wrong. If Slavery is right, all words, acts, laws, and Constitutions...ask, they could as readily grant, if they thought it wrong. Their thinking is right, and our thinking is wrong, is the precise fact upon which depends...
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And the War Came: The Slavery Quarrel and the American Civil War

Donald J. Meyers - History - 2005 - 284 pages
...States? If our sense of duty forbids this, then let us stand by our duty, fearlessly and effectively. "All they ask, we could readily grant, if we thought...ask, they could as readily grant, if they thought it wrong. Their thinking it right, and your thinking it wrong, is the precise fact upon which depends...
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Abraham Lincoln: The Life of America's Sixteenth President

Gary Jeffrey - Biography & Autobiography - 2005 - 48 pages
...$UPPOZTEP$ СТАРТЕР TO PLAN HIS NOMINATION AS THE ILLINOIS REPUBLICAN CANPIPATE FOP. THE PM&PSNCY. SLAVERY IS RIGHT, ALL WORDS, ACTS, LAWS, AND CONSTITUTIONS...THEMSELVES WRONG, AND SHOULD BE SILENCED, AND SWEPT AWAY." ...THOMAS JEFFERSON SAID, IT IS POSSIBLE FOR US TO FREE THE SLAVES AND DEPORT THEM GRADUALLY, SO THE...
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William Lowndes Yancey and the Coming of the Civil War

Eric H. Walther - History - 2006 - 496 pages
...that they had encouraged John Brown. Lincoln precisely summarized the essential conflict over slavery: "If it is right, we cannot justly object to its nationality...justly insist upon its extension — its enlargement." But despite this seemingly insoluble dilemma, southerners, Lincoln insisted, had no right to secede....
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