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" My paramount object in this struggle 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 if I could... "
Abraham Lincoln and His Presidency - Page 92
by Joseph Hartwell Barrett - 1903
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The Character Factor: How We Judge America's Presidents

James P. Pfiffner - Political Science - 2003 - 224 pages
...Greeley: 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 save it by freeing some and leaving...
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The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

Richard Wormser - History - 2004 - 224 pages
...the war: "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 save it by freeing some and...
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The African-American Soldier: From Crispus Attucks to Colin Powell

Michael Lee Lanning - History - 2004 - 319 pages
...stating, "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 save it by freeing some and leaving...
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An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War

Charles Pierce Roland - History - 2004 - 289 pages
...letter: "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 save it by freeing some and leaving...
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Silent Covenants: Brown v. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for ...

Derrick Bell - History - 2004 - 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 could save it by freeing some and...
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The Civil War: Primary Documents on Events from 1860 to 1865

Ford Risley - History - 2004 - 320 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 could save it by freeing some 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
...declared, "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 save it by freeing some and leaving...
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The American Civil War

Cole Christian Kingseed - History - 2004 - 185 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 could save it by freeing some and...
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Silent Covenants: Brown V. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for ...

Derrick Bell - History - 2004 - 230 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 could save it by freeing some and...
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Lincoln's Wrath: Fierce Mobs, Brilliant Scoundrels and a President's Mission ...

Jeffrey Manber, Neil Dahlstrom - History - 2006 - 368 pages
...destroy slavery, best relate his views on the slavery question, and to his approach on the entire war. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the...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 save it by freeing some and...
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