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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... "
The Parish Monthly: Is Distributed the First Sunday of Each Month at the ... - Page 8
1908
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The Shattering of the Union: America in the 1850s

Eric H. Walther - History - 2004 - 210 pages
...created equal, except negroes,' " lamented Lincoln. If nativists took over the government, he prophesied, "it will read 'all men are created equal except negroes,...foreigners , and catholics.' When it comes to this," Lincoln concluded, "I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving...
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Abraham Lincoln and a Nation Worth Fighting for

History - 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,...foreigners, and catholics.' When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty — to Russia,...
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The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings

Thomas Maier - Biography & Autobiography - 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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The American Creed: A Biography of the Declaration of Independence

Forrest Church - History - 2003 - 180 pages
...was 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 are created equal.' We now practically read it 'all men are created equal, except negroes' " Lincoln adopted this refrain...
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Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President

Allen C. Guelzo - Biography & Autobiography - 2002 - 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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Contemporary Voices of White Nationalism in America

Carol M. Swain, Russ Nieli - Political Science - 2003 - 298 pages
...offer the following words of Lincoln: "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.' When the Know-Nothings get...
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History of American Political Thought

Bryan-Paul Frost, Jeffrey Sikkenga - Political Science - 2003 - 834 pages
...reasonable. Thus, in 1855, Lincoln wrote: Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. ctly republican? It is evident that no other We now practically read it 'all men are created equal, except negroes? When the Know-Nothings get control,...
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Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia, Volume 1

Peter Knight - History - 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 created equal.' We now practically read it 'all men are created equal, except negroes. ' When the Know-Nothings get...
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A Documentary History of Religion in America to 1877

Mark A. Noll - History - 2003 - 607 pages
...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 "all men are created equaL" We now practically read it "all men are created equal, except negroes." When the Know-nothings get...
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The Columbia Documentary History of Race and Ethnicity in America

Ronald Bayor, Ronald H. Bayor - History - 2004 - 991 pages
...'all men are created equal.' "We now practically read it: 'All men are created equal except Negroes.' When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read 'All men are created equal except Negroes, and Catholics and Foreigners.' Then he added: "When it comes to this I shall prefer emigrating to some...
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