Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Abraham Lincoln and slavery

22 August 1862 (150 years ago): Lincoln's letter to Horace Greely, editor of the influential New York Tribune. Written during the heart of the Civil War, this is one of Abraham Lincoln's most famous letters. 

"... 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, 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 others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union."

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