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" If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time save Slavery, I do not agree with them. If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy Slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount... "
The Century: 1888-89 - Page 413
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Blooding the Regiment: An Account of the 22d Wisconsin's Long and Difficult ...

Richard H. Groves - History - 2005 - 384 pages
...would not save the Union unless they could at the same time save slavery, I do not agree with them. If there be those 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...
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Abraham Lincoln: The Gettysburg Speech A

Carl Schurz, James Russell Lowell, Ralph Waldo Emerson - History - 2005 - 196 pages
...sooner the National authority can be restored, the nearer the Union will be " The Union as It was." If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same Mine destroy Slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the...
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Lincoln and the Radicals

Thomas Harry Williams - Biography & Autobiography - 1941 - 413 pages
...policy was in the offing. His only purpose, he told Grceley, was now as always to preserve the Union. "My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and it is not either to save or destroy slavery." Then came the intimation of things to come. "I shall...
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The Active Society Revisited

Wilson C. McWilliams - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 352 pages
...what he saw as his official obligation to subordinate the slavery question to preserving the Union. "My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union and it is not either to save or destroy slavery," he wrote. "What I do about slavery and the colored race,...
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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 save it...
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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 save the...
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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 save it...
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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 save it...
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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 save it...
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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 save it...
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