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Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are...
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From long before the United States claimed its independence through revolution or established its governmental structure based on its grand Constitution, the contradiction of a freedom-loving people tolerating and profiting from depriving their fellow human beings of freedom was central to any understanding of the nation’s formation.
‘A house divided against itself can not stand’ I believe this government can not endure permanently, half slave, and half free . . . I do not expect the Union to be dissolved - I do not expect the house to fall; but I do expect it will cease to be divided . . . Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and put it in course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward till it shall become alike lawful in all the states, old, as well as new.
Lincoln’s presidential “war powers” only gave him authority to reach slaves in rebel-held territory. Above all, Lincoln worried about the federal courts, which were reluctant to recognize any such presidential war powers. The only way to make emancipation stick, and to cleanse the nation entirely from slavery, was to amend the Constitution.
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Harriet Beecher Stowe published Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which sold 300,000 copies in a year and a million copies in sixteen months. When Stowe met President Lincoln at the White House, he reportedly asked her: “Is this the little woman whose book made such a great war?”