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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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Silent Covenants: Brown v. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for ...

Derrick Bell - History - 2004 - 240 pages
...The sooner the national authority can be restored, the nearer the Union will be the Union as it was. If there be those who would not save the Union unless...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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The Boys Life of Abraham Lincoln

Helen Nicolay - Biography & Autobiography - 2004 - 192 pages
...to the policy I 'seem to be pursuing, ' as you say, I have not meant to leave anyone in doubt. . . . 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 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
...his opposition to the extension of slavery into the territories. Even as the war raged, he declared, "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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An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War

Charles Pierce Roland - History - 2004 - 289 pages
...Tribune, Horace Greeley, published a plea for emancipation, Lincoln replied in a published letter: "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 Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

Richard Wormser - History - 2004 - 224 pages
...New York Tribune, when he refused demands by Northern abolitionists to end slavery early in the war: "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;...
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The African-American Soldier: From Crispus Attucks to Colin Powell

Michael Lee Lanning - History - 2004 - 319 pages
...Tribune — to take a strong stand on emancipation. In response, Lincoln clarified his position, stating, "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 Character Factor: How We Judge America's Presidents

James P. Pfiffner - Political Science - 2003 - 224 pages
...reflected in a letter he wrote to the New York Tribune in response to an editorial by 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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Blooding the Regiment: An Account of the 22d Wisconsin's Long and Difficult ...

Richard H. Groves - History - 2005 - 384 pages
...The sooner the national authority can be restored, the nearer the Union will be 'the Union it was.' If there be those who would not save the Union unless...destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it — if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it —...
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How America Goes to War

Frank Everson Vandiver - Political Science - 2005 - 156 pages
...not wanted to do it; his ideas were less radical. As he explained to Horace Greeley in August 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 some and leaving others alone I...
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A Theory of Secession

Christopher Heath Wellman - Philosophy - 2005
...these concerns posed two distinct questions. When discussing the issue of slavery, Lincoln explained: [M]y paramount object in this struggle is to save...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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