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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 Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln as Reflected in His Briefer Letters ...

Abraham Lincoln - History - 2006 - 265 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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Faith and the Presidency From George Washington to George W. Bush

Gary Scott Smith - Religion - 2006 - 680 pages
...His 1855 letter to Joshua Speed reveals his disgust for slavery and other forms of discrimination: "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 Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the ...

James Oakes - History - 2007 - 328 pages
.... 2 , pp. 40 3-4. 54. Ibid., vol. 3, p. 304; vol. 2, p. 32 3. Lincoln's letter to Speed continues: "When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read...and foreigners, and catholics' When it comes to this 1 should prefer emigrating to some coun try where they make no pretence of loving liberty — to Russia,...
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The Last Freedom: Religion from the Public School to the Public Square

Joseph P. Viteritti - Political Science - 2009 - 296 pages
...rights of 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...
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Singing for Freedom: The Hutchinson Family Singers and the Nineteenth ...

Scott Gac - Biography & Autobiography - 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 - Social Science - 2007 - 312 pages
...created equal, except negroes.'" And if the anti-Irish and anti-Catholic bigots had their way, it would "read 'all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.'" Were the American people to follow that path, Lincoln continued, "I should prefer emigrating to some...
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The Causes of the Civil War: The Political, Cultural, Economic and ...

Paul Calore - History - 2014 - 308 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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Exploring American History: From Colonial Times to 1877, Volume 9

Tom Lansford, Thomas E. Woods - United States - 2008 - 11 pages
...favor of degrading classes of white peopk? 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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