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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
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Lincoln's Defense of Politics: The Public Man and His Opponents in the ...

Thomas E. Schneider - 2006 - 224 pages
...Fitzhugh, one might justly say, "Rest in peace." But consider these lines from an 1855 letter of Lincoln's: "As a nation, we began by declaring that 'all men...read it 'all men are created equal, except negroes.'" Lincoln did not say the new reading was that of one section only — nonslaveholders throughout the...
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Reconstructing the Fourth Amendment: A History of Search and Seizure, 1789-1868

Andrew E. Taslitz - 2006 - 363 pages
...of white-immigrant and black equality in the process of denouncing the nativist Know-Nothing Party: Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began declaring that "all men are created equal." We now practically read it "all men are created equal except...
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Creating the Culture of Reform in Antebellum America

T. Gregory Garvey - 2006 - 280 pages
...can anyone who abhors the oppression of negroes be in favor of degrading classes of white people? ... As a nation, we began by declaring that 'all men are created equal.' Now we practically read it as 'all men are created equal, except negroes.' When the Know-Nothings get...
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The Last Freedom: Religion from the Public School to the Public Square

Joseph P. Viteritti - 2009 - 296 pages
...immigrants to vote and hold office. Abraham Lincoln sized up the Know-Nothings accurately in 1855: "As a nation we began by declaring that 'all men are created equal.' We now read it, 'all men are created equal except Negroes.' When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read,...
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The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the ...

James Oakes - 2007 - 328 pages
...degenerate. Our "progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid," he told Joshua Speed in i855. "We began by declaring that 'all men are created equal. "We now practically read it as 'all men are created equal, except for negroes.'"** For Lincoln human equality was a moral principle;...
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Singing for Freedom: The Hutchinson Family Singers and the Nineteenth ...

Scott Gac - 2008 - 312 pages
...Charles Seward and Abraham Lincoln abandoned their sinking ship for the newly formed Republican Party. "As a nation, we began by declaring that 'all men are created equal,'" said Lincoln. "Now we practically read it as 'all men are created equal, except negroes.' When the...
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For Jobs and Freedom: Race and Labor in America Since 1865

Robert H. Zieger - 2007 - 312 pages
..."As a nation we began by declaring 'all men are created equal.'" Defenders of slavery insisted that "we now practically read it 'all men are created equal, except negroes.'" And if the anti-Irish and anti-Catholic bigots had their way, it would "read 'all men are created equal,...
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Exploring American History: From Colonial Times to 1877

Tom Lansford, Thomas E. Woods, Jr. - 2007 - 1232 pages
...can any one who abhors the oppression of negroes, be in favor of degrading classes of white peopk? Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty...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 Causes of the Civil War: The Political, Cultural, Economic and ...

Paul Calore - 2014 - 308 pages
..."How can anyone 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.'" Like the thousands of people throughout the North in 1854, Lincoln was also disturbed by the signing...
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