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" Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation we began by declaring that "all men are created equal." We now practically read it "all men are created equal, except negroes. "
An American Bible - Page 112
edited by - 1918 - 372 pages
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History of American Political Thought

Bryan-Paul Frost, Jeffrey Sikkenga - 2003 - 834 pages
...more precisely, his patriotism was uncommonly moderate and reasonable. Thus, in 1855, Lincoln wrote: whether the general form and aspect of the government...strictly republican? It is evident that no other When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving...
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Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia, Volume 1

Peter Knight - 2003 - 925 pages
...required immigrants. In 1855, Abraham Lincoln wrote in a private letter: "I am not a KnowNothing. ... As a nation we began by declaring that 'all men are...equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and catholics.'" The Know-Nothings left an indelible mark on US politics. The movement eroded loyalty to the national...
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The American Creed: A Biography of the Declaration of Independence

Forrest Church - 2003 - 180 pages
...foremost in his mind. "Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid," he wrote in 1855. "As a nation, we began by declaring that 'all men...read it 'all men are created equal, except negroes' " Lincoln adopted this refrain as his mantra. Speaking at Independence Hall in Philadelphia shortly...
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Lincoln Reshapes the Presidency

Lincoln Symposium (2001, Lincoln Memorial University) - 2003 - 236 pages
...can any one who abhors the oppression of negroes, be in favor of degrading classes of white people? Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation we began by declaring that "a// men are created equal." We now practically read it "all men are created equal, except negroes....
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John Basil Turchin and the Fight to Free the Slaves

Stephen Chicoine - 2003 - 245 pages
...there are no Whigs, and that I am an Abolitionist. ... I am not a Know-Nothing; that is certain. . . . When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read "all...equal, except negroes and foreigners and Catholics." When it comes to this, I shall prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving...
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The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings

Thomas Maier - 2003 - 676 pages
...Bill of Rights, he warned, might be endangered. "When the Know-Nothings get control," Lincoln cracked, "It will read 'All men are created equal, except Negroes, and foreigners and Catholics.'" Within the Kennedys' own state of Massachusetts, the Know-Nothings were quite successful, electing...
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Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President

Allen C. Guelzo - 1999 - 528 pages
...Romanism," and found the Know-Nothings, even more than the Calhounites, a standing repudiation of what, "as a nation, we began by declaring that 'all men are created equaL'" That had not prevented the Know-Nothings from trying to recruit him in 1854 as a state legislative...
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The Shattering of the Union: America in the 1850s

Eric H. Walther - 2004 - 210 pages
...The United States had Henry Wilson Library of Congress begun in 1776 with a declaration that all were equal. "We now practically read it 'all men are created equal, except negroes,' " lamented Lincoln. If nativists took over the government, he prophesied, "it will read 'all men are...
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Abraham Lincoln and a Nation Worth Fighting for

2003 - 240 pages
...Know-Nothing. . . . How could I be?" "When the KnowNothings get control, it [the Declaration of Independence] will read 'all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and catholics.' When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving...
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Democratic Vistas: Reflections on the Life of American Democracy

Jedediah Purdy, Anthony T. Kronman, Cynthia Farrar - 2008 - 288 pages
...can any one who abhors the oppression of negroes, be in favor of degrading classes of white people? Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty...equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and catholics." When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving...
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