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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 Forms of Public Address

George Pierce Baker - Oratory - 1904 - 472 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 25 the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and...
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The Encyclopedia Americana, Volume 16

Frederick Converse Beach, George Edwin Rines - Encyclopedias and dictionaries - 1904
...them. My paramount objection 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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From Epicurus to Christ: A Study in the Principles of Personality

William De Witt Hyde - Christianity - 1904 - 285 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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Specimen Letters

Albert Stanburrough Cook, Allen Rogers Benham - American letters - 1905 - 156 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...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 Craftsman, Volume 8

Gustav Stickley - Architecture, Domestic - 1905
...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...without freeing any slave, I would do it ; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that. What I do about slavery...
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Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 8

Abraham Lincoln, Richard Watson Gilder, Daniel Fish - Illinois - 1905
...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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Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 8

Abraham Lincoln, Richard Watson Gilder - Illinois - 1905
...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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A Students' History of the United States

Edward Channing - United States - 1905 - 587 pages
..."I would save the Union," he said; "I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. . . . 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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Annie, Between the States

L. M. Elliott, Laura Elliott - Juvenile Fiction - 2004 - 488 pages
...Lincoln's "paramount" objective was to save the Union. He said, "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." When support for the war began to wane in the North in 1862. Lincoln...
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What's Your Red, White, and Blue IQ?

Stephen J. Spignesi - Reference - 2004 - 240 pages
...quotation from the left with the American from the right who said it. 1. "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 do that. ... I have here stated my purpose according to my official duty, and I intend...
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