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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 Yale Book of Quotations

Fred R. Shapiro, Associate Librarian and Lecturer in Legal Research Fred R Shapiro - Reference - 2006 - 1067 pages
...who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with er, 1803-1885 1 Plus on apprend a connaitre I'homme, plus on 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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Father Abraham: Lincoln's Relentless Struggle to End Slavery

Richard Striner - History - 2006 - 320 pages
...paramount object in this struggle," he wrote, "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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One Nation, Indivisible?: A Study of Secession and the Constitution

Robert F. Hawes - Political Science - 2006 - 374 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, and if I could...
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The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln as Reflected in His Briefer Letters ...

Abraham Lincoln - History - 2006 - 265 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; and if I could...
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Faith and the Presidency From George Washington to George W. Bush

Gary Scott Smith - Religion - 2006 - 680 pages
...Greeley, the editor of the New York Tribune, that demanded immediate emancipation, Lincoln declared, "My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery." Functioning as a pragmatic statesman, not a moral prophet, he added, "If I could...
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America's Forgotten History: Part Two - Rupture

Mark David Ledbetter - Enlightenment - 2007 - 472 pages
...quote, from a letter to newsman Horace Greeley, Lincoln explains that Union, not abolition, is his goal: 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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Self-Government, the American Theme: Presidents of the Founding and Civil War

Will Morrisey - History - 2005 - 290 pages
...prevail.54 Self-Government and the American Union In a famous 1862 letter to Horace Greeley, Lincoln wrote, "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 Defense of Politics: The Public Man and His Opponents in the ...

Thomas E. Schneider - Biography & Autobiography - 2006 - 224 pages
...sooner the national authority can be restored; the nearer the Union will be 'the Union as it was.' . . . 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 Demise of Black Theology

Alistair Kee - Religion - 2006 - 217 pages
...has no basis in history. James Cone in his first book on Black theology quotes the Great Emancipator. 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 slaves, I would do it; and if I could...
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Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney: Slavery, Secession, and the President's War ...

James F. Simon - History - 2006 - 324 pages
...Lincoln had not emancipated the slaves, as required by the Second Confiscation Act, Lincoln 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...
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