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" My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, 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; and if I could... "
Anecdotes of Public Men - Page 169
by John Wien Forney - 1873 - 444 pages
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The Hand Book of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and ...

National American Woman Suffrage Association - Women - 1912 - 688 pages
...with them. .My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without...I could save it by freeing some and leaving others atone, I would also do that. What I do about slavery and the colored race, I do because I believe it...
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The Idea and Vision of Abraham Lincoln and the Coming of Theodore Roosevelt

Daniel Webster Church - 1912 - 56 pages
...I do not agree with them. My paramount purpose is to save the Union, and it is neither to save nor 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 of the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and...
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The Civil War

Charles Lester Barstow - United States - 1912 - 240 pages
...with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, 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; and if I 142 could save it by freeing some...
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The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln: A Narrative and Descriptive Biography ...

Francis Fisher Browne - Biography & Autobiography - 1913 - 660 pages
...anyone in doubt. I would save the Union. I would save it in the shortest way under the Constitution. The sooner the national authority can be restored,...could save it by freeing some, and leaving others alone, I would do that. What I do about slavery and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps...
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A History of the United States

Henry Eldridge Bourne, Elbert Jay Benton - United States - 1913 - 652 pages
...slavery." He thought that was for the Southern states to do. He said, "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it, and if I could save...could save it by freeing some, and leaving others alone, I would also do that." He finally decided that he could save the Union only by destroying slavery....
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The Magazine of History, with Notes and Queries: Extra number, Issues 29-32

History - 1914 - 394 pages
...self-constructed "Prayer of 20,000,000 of People" he wrote: "My paramount object is to save the Union and not to save or destroy slavery. If I could save the Union...could save it by freeing some, and leaving others alone, I would do that." Further: "My enemies pretend that I am now carrying on the war for the sole...
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More Than Conquerors

Ariadne Gilbert - Biography - 1914 - 452 pages
...part) : " My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without...I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that." Many other letters he read and answered; but, before he was through,...
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More Than Conquerors

Ariadne Gilbert - Biography - 1914 - 452 pages
...part) : " My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without...I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that." Many other letters he read and answered ; but, before he was through,...
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Civil Rights in the USA, 1863-1980

David Paterson, Susan Willoughby, Doug Willoughby - History - 2001 - 340 pages
...the slaves. He virtually admitted this, late in 1862, when he said: If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it, and if I could save...I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that. In fact, he did the latter, since only the slaves in rebel states were...
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Civil War St. Louis

Louis S. Gerteis - History - 2001 - 432 pages
...... I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. ... If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it, and if I could save...I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that."1 When Lincoln wrote these words, he had already decided on an emancipation...
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