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" A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, and always changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. "
Popular Government: Its Essence, Its Permanence and Its Perils - Page 94
by William Howard Taft - 1913 - 283 pages
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NATO Enlargement: Illusions and Reality

Ted Galen Carpenter, Barbara Conry - History - 1998 - 283 pages
...American conception, expressed by Abraham Lincoln in his first inaugural address, is very different: "A majority, held in restraint by constitutional checks,...easily, with deliberate changes of popular opinion and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people." 22 In a nation-state, especially one obsessed...
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The American Renaissance Reconsidered

Walter Benn Michaels, Donald E. Pease - History - 1989 - 208 pages
...contrast the true democratic sovereign: Plainly, the central idea of secession is the essence of anarchy. A majority, held in restraint by constitutional checks,...changing easily, with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments is the only true sovereign. Whoever rejects it does of necessity fly to anarchy...
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Severed States: Dilemmas of Democracy in a Divided World

Robert K. Schaeffer - Political Science - 1999 - 273 pages
...composition of the majority must periodically change. In this he followed Abraham Lincoln, who argued that a "majority held in restraint by constitutional checks...opinion and sentiment, is the only true sovereign of a free people."69 The problem for King was how to challenge a majority that had become defined in ethnic...
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Speeches that Changed the World

Owen Collins - History - 1999 - 440 pages
...only and prevent renewed secession? Plainly the central idea of secession is the essence of anarchy. A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks...changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects it does of necessity...
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Opening of the Civil War

Eugene M. Wait - History - 1999 - 291 pages
...sought a peaceful solution. On secession, he said that its central idea was "the essence of anarchy. A majority, held in restraint by constitutional checks,...limitations, and always changing easily, with deliberate change of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects,...
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Power Versus Liberty: Madison, Hamilton, Wilson, and Jefferson

James H. Read - History - 2000 - 201 pages
...Abraham Lincoln opposed the sovereignty claims of the secessionists with a very Wilsonian principle: "A majority, held in restraint by constitutional checks,...easily, with deliberate changes of popular opinion and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people."76 LIBERTY, AND THE STATES The natural progress...
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The Declaration of Independence and Other Great Documents of American ...

John Grafton - History - 2000 - 96 pages
...only, and prevent renewed secession? Plainly, the central idea of secession, is the essence of anarchy. A majority, held in restraint by constitutional checks...changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects it, does, of...
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The American Reader: Words That Moved a Nation

Diane Ravitch - Reference - 2000 - 656 pages
...only and prevent renewed secession? Plainly the central idea of secession is the essence of anarchy. A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks...changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects it does of necessity...
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Presidential Documents: The Speeches, Proclamations, and Policies that Have ...

Fred L. Israel, Jim F. Watts - History - 2000 - 396 pages
...only and prevent renewed secession? Plainly the central idea of secession is the essence of anarchy. A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks...changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects it does of necessity...
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A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln and the Coming of the Civil War

Harry V. Jaffa - History - 2004 - 576 pages
...prevent renewed secession? [23] Plainly, the central idea of secession, is the essence of anarchy. A majority, held in restraint by constitutional checks...changing easily, with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects it, does, of...
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