Preserve and Keep Seeking Freedom
Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.
–April 6, 1859 Abraham Lincoln Letter to Henry Pierce
…I do not mean to say that this general government is charged with the duty of readdressing or preventing all the wrongs in the world; but I do think that
it is charged with the duty of preventing and readdressing all wrongs which are wrongs to itself.
[September 17, 1859 Abraham Lincoln Speech at Cincinnati]
It is your business to rise up and preserve the Union and liberty, for yourselves, and not for me. I desire they shall be constitutionally preserved.
[February 11, 1861 Abraham Lincoln Reply to Governor Morton]
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Preserve Our History
Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance,
or insignificance, can spare one or another of us…
We say we are for the Union… The world knows we do know how to save it… We hold the power, and bear the responsibility… The way is plain,
peaceful, generous, and just… a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless.
[December 1, 1862 Abraham Lincoln Message to Congress]
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Honor Ourselves and Remain Free
Honor to the Soldier, and Sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field, andserves, as he best can, the same cause — honor to him, only less than to him, who braves, for the common good, the storms of heaven and the storms of battle. [December 2, 1863 Abraham Lincoln Letter to George Opdyke]
We have, as all will agree, a free Government, where every man has a right to be equal with every other man. In this great struggle, this form of Governmentand every form of human right is endangered if our enemies succeed. There is more involved in this contest than is realized by every one. There is involvedin this struggle the question whether your children and my children shall enjoy the privileges we have enjoyed. [August 18, 1864 Abraham Lincoln Remarks to the 164th Ohio Regiment]
It is not merely for to-day, but for all time to come that we should perpetuate for our children’s children this great and free government, which we haveenjoyed all our lives. I beg you to remember this, not merely for my sake, but for yours. I happen temporarily to occupy this big White House. I am a livingwitness that any one of your children may look to come here as my father’s child has. It is in order that each of you may have through this free governmentwhich we have enjoyed, an open field and a fair chance for your industry, enterprise and intelligence; that you may all have equal privileges in the race oflife, with all its desirable human aspirations. It is for this the struggle should be maintained, that we may not lose our birthright–not only for one, butfor two or three years. The nation is worth fighting for, to secure such an inestimable jewel. [August 22, 1864 Abraham Lincoln Speech to the 166th Ohio Regiment]
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