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" When they remind us of their constitutional rights, I acknowledge them, not grudgingly, but fully and fairly; and I would give them any legislation for the reclaiming of their fugitives, -which should not, in its stringency, be more likely to carry a... "
Political Debates Between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas ... - Page 47
by Abraham Lincoln - 1860 - 268 pages
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Debates of Lincoln and Douglas: Political Debates Between Hon. Abraham ...

Digital Scanning Inc - History - 1998 - 276 pages
...well or ill-founded, cannot be safely disregarded. We cannot, then, make them equals. It does seem to me that systems of gradual emancipation might be...*This extract from Mr. Lincoln's Peorķa speech of 1 854, was read by him in the Ottawa, debate, but was not reported fully or accurately in either the...
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The Approaching Fury

Stephen B. Oates - History - 2009 - 100 pages
...high hope there might be in this in the long run, its sudden execution is impossible. It does seem to me that systems of gradual emancipation might be...adopted; but for their tardiness in this, I will not judge our brethren in the South." When they reminded us of their constitutional rights, I acknowledged...
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Lincoln's Sacred Effort: Defining Religion's Role in American Self-government

Lucas E. Morel - History - 2000 - 251 pages
...are no more responsible for the origin of slavery, than we; I acknowledge the fact. ... It does seem to me that systems of gradual emancipation might be...I will not undertake to judge our brethren of the south.29 Returning to the Second Inaugural Address, Lincoln's only other mention of the South occurs...
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Lincoln of Kentucky

Lowell Harrison - History - 2000 - 305 pages
...would the feelings of the great mass of white people. "We can not, then, make them equals. It does seem to me that systems of gradual emancipation might be adopted; but for their [Southerners'] tardiness in this, I will not undertake to judge our brethren of the South."13 During...
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Free Hearts and Free Homes: Gender and American Antislavery Politics

Michael D. Pierson - History - 2003 - 250 pages
...his Peoria address, he spoke of slavery's constitutional protection: "when they [white southerners] remind us of their constitutional rights, I acknowledge them, not grudgingly, but fully and fairly." With those constitutional safeguards in place, Lincoln admitted that immediate abolition was impossible....
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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Arnold Douglas - History - 2004 - 340 pages
...well or ill founded, cannot be safely disregarded. We cannot, then, make them equals. It does seem to me that systems of gradual emancipation might be...grudgingly, but fully and fairly; and I would give them any legislatton for the reclaiming of their fugitives, which should not, in its stringency, be more likely...
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American Political Rhetoric: A Reader

Peter Augustine Lawler, Robert Martin Schaefer - Political Science - 2005 - 427 pages
...well or illfounded, can not be safely disregarded. We can not, then, make them equals. It does seem to me that systems of gradual emancipation might be...which should not, in its stringency, be more likely to carry a free man into slavery, than our ordinary criminal laws are to hang an innocent one. Equal...
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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Doris Kearns Goodwin - Biography & Autobiography - 2006 - 944 pages
...myself." And, finally, "when they remind us of their constitutional rights, I acknowledge them . . . and I would give them any legislation for the reclaiming of their fugitives." Rather than upbraid slaveowners, Lincoln sought to comprehend their position through empathy. More...
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Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library, Volume 3

Hiram Williams Beckwith - Illinois - 1908
...well or ill founded, cannot be safely disregarded. We cannot, then, make them equals. It does seem to me that systems of gradual emancipation might be...legislation for the reclaiming of their fugitives whicfi should not, in its stringency, be more likely to carry a free man into slavery, than our ordinary...
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Presidents from Taylor Through Grant, 1849-1877: Debating the Issues in Pro ...

Jeffrey W. Coker - History - 2002 - 232 pages
...I think there is) there may be in this, in the long run, its sudden execution is impossible. . . . When they remind us of their constitutional rights,...which should not, in its stringency, be more likely to carry a free man into slavery, than our ordinary criminal laws are to hang an innocent one. . ....
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