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" I would do it ; 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 others alone, I would also do that. "
The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine - Page 397
1889
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Abraham Lincoln: A Constitutional Biography

George Anastaplo - Biography & Autobiography - 2001 - 373 pages
...Preliminary Proclamation — a statement that angers some of his antislavery critics down to our day): not agree with them. If there be those who would not...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...
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The Presidency and the Politics of Racial Inequality: Nation-keeping from ...

Russell Lowell Riley, Russell Lynn Riley - Political Science - 1999 - 373 pages
...slavery where it already existed. On this subject he later wrote to the abolitionist Horace Greeley, My paramount object in this struggle is to save the...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...
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The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

Oxford University Press, TME. - Reference - 1999 - 1136 pages
...Works . , . (i9Si) vol. 4 1 1 My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union ... If 1 could save the Union without freeing any slave, 1 would do it; and if 1 could save it by freeing all the slaves, 1 would do it; and if 1 could save it by freeing some and...
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International Relations: Section I. The nature and purpose of international ...

Andrew Linklater - International relations - 2000 - 2177 pages
...Utopian moralists, is timeless in its eloquent wisdom. "If there be those," he wrote on August 22, 1862, who would not save the Union unless they could at...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;...
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Lincoln's Sacred Effort: Defining Religion's Role in American Self-government

Lucas E. Morel - History - 2000 - 251 pages
...for not fully supporting emancipation.47 Lincoln replied with a letter to Greeley three days later: My paramount object in this struggle is to save the...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...
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The Prudential Presidency: An Aristotelian Approach to Presidential Leadership

Ethan M. Fishman - Political Science - 2001 - 138 pages
...priority. New circumstances warrant new policies, he explained to journalist Horace Greeley in 1862. "My paramount object in this struggle is to save the...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...
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One America?: Political Leadership, National Identity, and the Dilemmas of ...

Stanley A. Renshon - Political Science - 2001 - 320 pages
...Greeley, slavery was an issue of importance to him only insofar as it bore on this single, simple matter: My paramount object in this struggle is to save the...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...
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The Longest Night: A Military History of the Civil War

David J Eicher - History - 2002 - 992 pages
...editor two days later. "My 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 freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it;...
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What If? II

James Bradley, Robert Cowley - History - 2002 - 427 pages
...nation in a masterfully phrased open letter to Horace Greeley, the editor of the New York Tribune: My paramount object in this struggle is to save the...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 158 slaves I would do it;...
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No Disgrace to My Country: The Life of John C. Tidball

Eugene C. Tidball - Biography & Autobiography - 2002 - 564 pages
...dictatorial tone, and in response produced one of his most memorable public statements. In part, he said, "My paramount object in this struggle is to save the...destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save the Union by freeing some and leaving others alone...
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