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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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Pragmatism: Critical Concepts in Philosophy, Volume 2

Russell B. Goodman - Pragmatism - 2005 - 382 pages
...reply to Horace Greeley's public attack is a classic example of the accomplished pragmatist at work: "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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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Doris Kearns Goodwin - Biography & Autobiography - 2006 - 944 pages
...the policy I 'seem to be pursuing' as you say, I have not meant to leave anyone in doubt," he began. "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 Politics of Democratic Inclusion

Christina Wolbrecht, Rodney E. Hero - Political Science - 2005 - 351 pages
...the American polity" (Riley 1999, 19). Lincoln's goal, for instance, was preservation of the Union. "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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China's Peaceful Rise: Speeches of Zheng Bijian 1997-2005

Bijian Zheng - Political Science - 2006 - 88 pages
...the Union." I also quoted from his famous letter written in August 1862, where he further stressed: 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 Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln as Reflected in His Briefer Letters ...

Abraham Lincoln - History - 2006 - 265 pages
...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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One Nation, Indivisible?: A Study of Secession and the Constitution

Robert F. Hawes - Political Science - 2006 - 374 pages
...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; and...
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The Yale Book of Quotations

Fred R. Shapiro, Associate Librarian and Lecturer in Legal Research Fred R Shapiro - Reference - 2006 - 1067 pages
...of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. Annual Message to Congress, 3 Dec. 1861 32 R. 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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America's Forgotten History: Part Two - Rupture

Mark David Ledbetter - Enlightenment - 2007 - 472 pages
...quote, from a letter to newsman Horace Greeley, Lincoln explains that Union, not abolition, is his goal: 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 feeing all the slaves I would do it; and...
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Self-Government, the American Theme: Presidents of the Founding and Civil War

Will Morrisey - History - 2005 - 290 pages
...prevail.54 Self-Government and the American Union In a famous 1862 letter to Horace Greeley, Lincoln wrote, "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 Demise of Black Theology

Alistair Kee - Religion - 2006 - 217 pages
...has no basis in history. James Cone in his first book on Black theology quotes the Great Emancipator. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the...destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone,...
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