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" My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or destroy slavery. "
Anniversary Addresses - Page 404
by Samuel Colcord Bartlett - 1894 - 517 pages
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Drum-beat of the Nation: The First Period of the War of the ..., Volume 4

Charles Carleton Coffin - 1887 - 478 pages
...the " Prayer of Twenty Millions," to which President Lincoln replied, August 22, 1862. He said : " My paramount object is to save the Union, and not...destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing a slave, I would do it. If I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it. If i could...
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The Republic, Or, A History of the United States of America in ..., Volume 17

John Robert Irelan - 1888
...not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with them. " My paramount object is to save the Union, and not...without freeing any slave, I would do it; if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could do it by freeing some and leaving...
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A Short History of the War of Secession, 1861-1865

Rossiter Johnson - 1888 - 552 pages
...to the policy I 'seem to be pursuing,' as you say, I have not meant to leave any one in doubt. . . . My paramount object is to save the Union, and not...without freeing any slave, I would do it ; if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it ; and if could do it by freeing some and leaving others...
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Reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln by Distinguished Men of His Time

Allen Thorndike Rice - 1886 - 668 pages
...prevent, the restoration of the Union. In his letter to Mr. Greeley, on the 2ad of August, 1862, he said : "My paramount object is to save the Union, and not...destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slaves, I would do it ; if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it ; and...
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The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and ..., Volume 11

1888
...was " an hour of added and deepened peril to the Union." President Lincoln in his reply said : — My paramount object is to save the Union, and not either to save or destroy slavery. . . . What I do about slavery and the coloured race, I do because I believe it helps to save tnis Union...
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Black Leadership for Social Change

Jacob U. Gordon - 2000 - 242 pages
...War. President Lincoln's declaration in August 1861 that his primary objective in the Civil War was "to save the Union" and "not either to save or destroy slavery" affirmed a war aim widely shared by Northern whites. Preservation of the Union, not abolition of slavery,...
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Millard Fillmore

Robert J. Scarry - 2001 - 432 pages
...would not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object is to save the Union, and not either to save or destroy slavery. "': In the South slaves cooked in army camps, built fortifications, drove munitions wagons, tilled...
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From Rail-splitter to Icon: Lincoln's Image in Illustrated Periodicals, 1860 ...

Gary L. Bunker - 2001 - 387 pages
...evidence of presidential culpability, the editorial cited Lincoln's famous reply to Horace Greeley: "My paramount object is to save the Union, and not either to save or destroy slavery." "Could anything be plainer, could anything be meaner, could any thing be more diabolically selfish?"...
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Reassessing the Presidency: The Rise of the Executive State and the Decline ...

John V. Denson - 2001 - 791 pages
...Lincoln wrote in his famous August 22, 1862, letter to Horace Greeley, "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."73 During a debate with Stephen Douglas on September 18, 1858, Lincoln...
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The Slaveholding Republic: An Account of the United States Government's ...

the late Don E. Fehrenbacher - 2002 - 480 pages
...fond of quoting out of context: "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 What I do about slavery and the colored race, I do because I believe...
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