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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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Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney: Slavery, Secession, and the President's War ...

James F. Simon - History - 2006 - 324 pages
...Lincoln had not emancipated the slaves, as required by the Second Confiscation Act, Lincoln replied: "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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Lincoln's Defense of Politics: The Public Man and His Opponents in the ...

Thomas E. Schneider - Biography & Autobiography - 2006 - 224 pages
...sooner the national authority can be restored; the nearer the Union will be 'the Union as it was.' . . . 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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Father Abraham: Lincoln's Relentless Struggle to End Slavery

Richard Striner - History - 2006 - 320 pages
...Union, at least in his official capacity as president. "My paramount object in this struggle," he wrote, "is to save the Union, and is not either to save or...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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Black & White: Land, Labor, and Politics in the South

T. Thomas Fortune - Social Science - 2007 - 256 pages
...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, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and...
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Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

James W. Loewen - Education - 2007 - 444 pages
...fifteen of the eighteen books, is his letter of August 22, 1862, to Horace Greeley's 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 slaves, I would do it;...
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Presidents, Diplomats, and Other Mortals: Essays Honoring Robert H. Ferrell

Robert H. Ferrell - History - 2007 - 350 pages
...emphatic. "Now is the time" To underline his argument, he told Horace Greeley in 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 slaves I would do it; and...
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Day of Reckoning: How Hubris, Ideology, and Greed Are Tearing America Apart

Patrick J. Buchanan - Political Science - 2007 - 294 pages
...Fremont should not have dragged the negro into it."13 As he wrote Horace Greeley with raw honesty, 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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Dixie Betrayed: How the South Really Lost the Civil War

David J. Eicher - History - 2007 - 338 pages
...his paper 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's Wrong with Obamamania?: Black America, Black Leadership, and the ...

Ricky L. Jones - Social Science - 2010 - 158 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 Inspired Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln: How Faith Shaped an American ...

Philip L. Ostergard - Biography & Autobiography - 2008 - 272 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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