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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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One Wheel, Many Spokes: USA by Unicycle

Lars Clausen - Travel - 2004 - 274 pages
...in August of 1862, it was about the survival of the United States. 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. Slavery and the fate of the Southern plantation was one issue; the 1850s...
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Citizen Lincoln

Ward McAfee - History - 2004 - 229 pages
...finally arrived. Lincoln answered Greeley in a letter reprinted in the Washington National Intelligencer. "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 I do about slavery and the colored race, I do because I believe...
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The Civil War: Primary Documents on Events from 1860 to 1865

Ford Risley - History - 2004 - 320 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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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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Silent Covenants: Brown V. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for ...

Derrick Bell - History - 2004 - 230 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 American Civil War

Cole Christian Kingseed - History - 2004 - 185 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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Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the ...

Geoffrey R. Stone, Professor of Law Geoffrey R Stone - History - 2004 - 730 pages
...Our people want nothing to do with the negro."43 In the face of such "aversion," Lincoln reiterated, "My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery." He added, "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it,...
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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
...his opposition to the extension of slavery into the territories. Even as the war raged, he 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...
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The Character Factor: How We Judge America's Presidents

James P. Pfiffner - Political Science - 2003 - 224 pages
...reflected in a letter he wrote to the New York Tribune in response to an editorial by Horace 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...
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The Boys Life of Abraham Lincoln

Helen Nicolay - Biography & Autobiography - 2004 - 192 pages
...to the policy I 'seem to be pursuing, ' as you say, I have not meant to leave anyone in doubt. . . . 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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