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" Must a Government of necessity be too strong for the liberties of its own people, or too weak to maintain its own existence... "
History of the Administration of President Lincoln: Including His Speeches ... - Page 139
by Henry Jarvis Raymond - 1864 - 496 pages
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Free in the World: American Slavery and Constitutional Failure

Mark E. Brandon - Political Science - 1998 - 248 pages
...free government upon the earth. It forces us to ask: "Is there, in all republics, this inherent and fatal weakness?" "Must a government, of necessity,...people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?"'' 2 * Lincoln, "First Inaugural Address," supra note 26, at 264-265. 2 "Id. '"Id., at 270, 271. " Lincoln,...
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The Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotations

Connie Robertson - Reference - 1998 - 669 pages
...give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last, best hope of earth. 6352 of Judgement Yet still between his Darkness and his Brightness There people or too weak to maintain its own existence? 6353 With high hope for the future, no prediction...
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Abraham Lincoln and a New Birth of Freedom: The Union and Slavery in the ...

Howard Jones - Political Science - 1999 - 236 pages
...practically put an end to free government upon the earth"? "Is there, in all republics, this inherent, and fatal weakness?" "Must a government, of necessity,...of its own people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?"s1 Lincoln as president believed he had no choice but to exercise his war powers under the...
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War and Press Freedom: The Problem of Prerogative Power

Jeffery A. Smith - History - 1999 - 336 pages
..."liberty" meant. In his 1941 Jackson Day address he quoted Lincoln's question to Congress in 1861: " 'Must a government, of necessity, be too strong for...people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?' " "Lincoln answered that question as Jackson had answered it — not by words, but by deeds," Roosevelt...
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The Cambridge History of American Literature: Volume 4, Nineteenth-Century ...

Cyrus R. K. Patell - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 562 pages
...Southern states puts this very possibility into question, as though such "a government of necessity [must] be too strong for the liberties of its own people, or too weak to maintain its own existence." Whitman takes up these matters of political theory in his tract "The 18th Presidency!" which opens:...
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Lincoln on Lincoln

Paul M. Zall - Biography & Autobiography - 2003 - 216 pages
...free government upon the earth. It forces us to ask: "Is there, in all republics, this inherent, and fatal weakness?" "Must a government, of necessity, be too strong for the liberties of it's own people, or too weak to maintain it's own existence?" So viewing the issue, the administration...
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A Great Civil War: A Military and Political History, 1861-1865

Russell Frank Weigley - History - 2000 - 612 pages
...to free government upon earth. It forces us to ask: "Is there, in all republics, this inherent, and fatal weakness?" "Must a government, of necessity,...of its own people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?"63 After a lengthy discussion of the constitutional issue of secession, Lincoln returned...
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A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln and the Coming of the Civil War

Harry V. Jaffa - History - 2004 - 576 pages
...against its own domestic foes. ... It forces us to ask: "Is there, in all republics, this inherent and fatal weakness?" "Must a Government, of necessity,...of its own people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?"1 The epigraph is taken from The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler (New...
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On Hallowed Ground: Abraham Lincoln and the Foundations of American History

John P. Diggins - History - 2000 - 330 pages
...naming Madison, quoted him on the possibility of an "inherent and fatal weakness" in all republics. "Must a government, of necessity, be too strong for...people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?" The secession crisis dramatized the failure of the Enlightenment to come forth with knowledge as an...
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The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses

Alan Charles Kors, Harvey Silverglate - Political Science - 1999 - 432 pages
..."profoundest problem confronting a democracy— the problem which Lincoln cast in a memorable dilemma: 'Must a government of necessity be too strong for the liberties of its people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?"'2 Posing the question that way virtually assured...
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