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" I consider the central idea pervading this struggle is the necessity that is upon us of proving that popular government is not an absurdity. We must settle this question now, whether in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government... "
Abraham Lincoln: A History - Page 256
by John George Nicolay, John Hay - 1890 - 470 pages
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The Living Age ..., Volume 289

Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell - 1916
...President's mind was the duty of proving that popular government was not an absurdity. "If we fail," he said, "it will go far to prove the incapability of the people...consideration used in stay of such final judgment, but it is not for us to use it in advance: that is, that there exists in our case an instance of a vast...
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Abraham Lincoln and Constitutional Government, Parts 1-2

Bartow Adolphus Ulrich - Constitutional law - 1916
...have the right to break it up whenever they please. If we fail, it will go far to prove the incapacity of the people to govern themselves. There may be one...but that is not for us to use in advance. That is, there exists in our case a vast and far-reaching disturbing element, which the history of no other...
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Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

Orton H. Carmichael - 1917 - 116 pages
...that question now, whether, in a free government, the minority have a right to break up the government whenever they choose. If we fail, it will go far to...the incapability of the people to govern themselves. Taking the government as we found it, we will see if the majority can preserve it." Lincoln's whole...
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Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

Orton H. Carmichael - 1917 - 116 pages
...that question now, whether, in a free government, the minority have a right to break up the government whenever they choose. If we fail, it will go far to...the incapability of the people to govern themselves. Taking the government as we found it, we will see if the majority can preserve it." Lincoln's whole...
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My Fellow Americans: Presidential Addresses that Shaped History

James C. Humes - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1992 - 287 pages
...struggle is the necessity that is upon us of proving that popular government is not an absurdity. . . . If we fail, it will go far to prove the incapability of the people to govern themselves. had left a hysterical Mrs. Lincoln, who pleaded with him to stay with their youngest son, Tad. Their...
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Lincoln in American Memory

Merrill D. Peterson - History - 1995 - 496 pages
...this question now, whether in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government whenever they choose. If we fail it will go far to...incapability of the people to govern themselves." At Gettysburg he viewed the war as a test of the viability of government of, by, and for the people....
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Recollected Words of Abraham Lincoln

Don Fehrenbacher, Virginia Fehrenbacher - History - 1996 - 648 pages
...this question now, whether in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government whenever they choose. If we fail, it will go far to...is, that there exists in our case, an instance of so vast and far-reaching a disturbing element, which the history of no other free nation will probably...
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Drawn with the Sword: Reflections on the American Civil War

James M. McPherson - History - 1996 - 272 pages
...Lincoln in 1861, "whether in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government whenever they choose. If we fail it will go far to...incapability of the people to govern themselves." Nor was this struggle "altogether for today," Lincoln told Congress. "It is for a vast future also."...
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A Great Civil War: A Military and Political History, 1861-1865

Russell Frank Weigley - History - 2000 - 612 pages
...this question now, whether in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government whenever they choose. If we fail it will go far to prove the incapability of the people to govern themselves."62 So, Lincoln had gone on in his message of July 4 to argue that the issue involved more...
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We Cannot Escape History: Lincoln and the Last Best Hope of Earth

James M. McPherson - Biography & Autobiography - 2001 - 184 pages
...this question now, whether in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government whenever they choose. If we fail it will go far to...incapability of the people to govern themselves." Nor was this struggle "altogether for today," Lincoln told Congress in 1861. "It is for a vast future...
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