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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? "
Life of Abraham Lincoln, Sixteenth President of the United States ... - Page 122
by Frank Crosby - 1865 - 476 pages
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Free in the World: American Slavery and Constitutional Failure

Mark E. Brandon - Political Science - 1998 - 248 pages
...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...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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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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Abraham Lincoln and a New Birth of Freedom: The Union and Slavery in the ...

Howard Jones - Political Science - 1999 - 236 pages
...to free government upon the earth"? "Is there, in all republics, this inherent, and fatal weakness?" "Must a government, of necessity, be too strong for...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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The Cambridge History of American Literature: Volume 4, Nineteenth-Century ...

Sacvan Bercovitch, 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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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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A Great Civil War: A Military and Political History, 1861-1865

Russell Frank Weigley - History - 2000 - 612 pages
...government upon 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...of its own people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?"6l After a lengthy discussion of the constitutional issue of secession, Lincoln returned...
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Lincoln's Sacred Effort: Defining Religion's Role in American Self-government

Lucas E. Morel - History - 2000 - 251 pages
...drive out the visible authority of the Federal Union, and thus force it to immediate dissolution. Also, "So viewing the issue, no choice was left but to call...the war power of the Government; and so to resist force, employed for its destruction, by force, for its preservation." Finally, "It was with deepest...
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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
...domestic foes. ... It forces us to ask: "Is there, in all republics, this inherent and fatal weakness?" "Must a Government, of necessity, be too strong for...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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Crime and Justice at the Millennium: Essays by and in Honor of Marvin E ...

Marvin Eugene Wolfgang, Robert A. Silverman, Terence P. Thornberry, Barry Krisberg, Bernard Cohen - Law - 2002 - 404 pages
...police and the courts are designed to protect and maintain. Lincoln asked the question succinctly: "Must a government of necessity be too strong for...people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?" I trust that our nation is sufficiently sensitive to the liberties of all to listen and to act, and...
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Myths in Stone: Religious Dimensions of Washington, D.C., Part 3

Jeffrey F. Meyer - Religion - 2001 - 354 pages
...a question between power and liberty."28 Lincoln would pose the same question seventy years later: "Must a government, of necessity, be too strong for...of its own people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?"29 The issue has remained a subject of debate throughout American history. John Adams and...
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