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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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The Politics of Democratic Inclusion

Christina Wolbrecht, Rodney E. Hero - Political Science - 2005 - 351 pages
...the American polity" (Riley 1999, 19). Lincoln's goal, for instance, was preservation of the Union. "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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How America Goes to War

Frank Everson Vandiver - Political Science - 2005 - 156 pages
...not wanted to do it; his ideas were less radical. As he explained to Horace Greeley in August 1862: "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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Pragmatism: Critical Concepts in Philosophy, Volume 2

Russell B. Goodman - Pragmatism - 2005 - 382 pages
...reply to Horace Greeley's public attack is a classic example of the accomplished pragmatist at work: "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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China's Peaceful Rise: Speeches of Zheng Bijian 1997-2005

Bijian Zheng - Political Science - 2006 - 88 pages
...the Union." I also quoted from his famous letter written in August 1862, where he further stressed: 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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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Doris Kearns Goodwin - Biography & Autobiography - 2006 - 944 pages
...the policy I 'seem to be pursuing' as you say, I have not meant to leave anyone in doubt," he began. "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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A Theory of Secession

Christopher Heath Wellman - Philosophy - 2005
...these concerns posed two distinct questions. When discussing the issue of slavery, Lincoln explained: [M]y 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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Abraham Lincoln: Great American President

Brenda Haugen - Juvenile Nonfiction - 2005 - 112 pages
...Emancipation Proclamation as a reality and a substance not to fizzle out of the little end of the horn. 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." While Stowe didn't want to see the Union divided, in her eyes the Civil...
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Generals in Blue and Gray, Volume 1

Wilmer L. Jones - History - 2005 - 376 pages
...Lincoln wrote to Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune: "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save...would do it; and if I could do it by freeing some and leave the others alone, I would also do that."48 Lincoln hoped that once the Union was restored under...
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Victory of Law: The Fourteenth Amendment, the Civil War, and American ...

Deak Nabers - History - 2006 - 239 pages
...slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and it is not either to save or destroy slavery. If I could...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 Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views

Harold Holzer, Edna G. Medford, Frank J. Williams - History - 2006 - 272 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...Union, and is not either to save or destroy slavery." He was quick to add that he was presenting his "view of official duty; and I intend no modification...
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