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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... "
Life of Abraham Lincoln: His Early History, Political Career, Speeches in ... - Page 406
by Joseph Hartwell Barrett, Charles Walter Brown - 1902 - 448 pages
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An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War

Charles Pierce Roland - History - 2004 - 289 pages
...Tribune, Horace Greeley, published a plea for emancipation, Lincoln replied in a published 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...
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The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

Richard Wormser - History - 2004 - 224 pages
...New York Tribune, when he refused demands by Northern abolitionists to end slavery early in 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...
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The African-American Soldier: From Crispus Attucks to Colin Powell

Michael Lee Lanning - History - 2004 - 319 pages
...Tribune — to take a strong stand on emancipation. In response, Lincoln clarified his position, 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...
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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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Dream West

David Nevin - Fiction - 2005 - 640 pages
...whether we'll let it break the Union. Let me put it plainly, madam. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save...if I could do it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that. 1 would welcome the South back this evening, slaves and all, if it would...
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Lincoln in the Times: The Life of Abraham Lincoln, as Originally Reported in ...

Director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College Harold Holzer - Biography & Autobiography - 2005 - 413 pages
..."strangely and disastrously remiss." Three days later, Lincoln replied with a famous letter reiterating: "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. ..." What Greeley and other critics did not know is that Lincoln had...
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Abraham Lincoln: The Gettysburg Speech A

Carl Schurz, James Russell Lowell, Ralph Waldo Emerson - History - 2005 - 196 pages
...who would not save the Union unless they could at the same Mine destroy Slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save...and is not either to save or destroy Slavery. If I eould save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it ; and if I could save it by freeing all...
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Reassessing American Culture: A Rebel's Guide

Gregory Shafer - History - 2005 - 128 pages
...so" (Zinn 184). Later, in a letter to Horace Greeley, he made clear how little he cared about slaves. "My paramount object in this struggle is to save the...union and is not either to save or destroy slavery," wrote Lincoln. "If I could save the union without freeing any slaves I would do it" (186). Despite...
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Blooding the Regiment: An Account of the 22d Wisconsin's Long and Difficult ...

Richard H. Groves - History - 2005 - 384 pages
...who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy slavery, I do not agree 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 — if I could...
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Talking to the Dead: Kate and Maggie Fox and the Rise of Spiritualism

Barbara Weisberg - Biography & Autobiography - 2009 - 336 pages
...replied, "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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