• “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races — that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.” ~Abraham Lincoln, during his fourth debate with Stephen Douglas
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  • “I do not forget the position assumed by some that constitutional questions are to be decided by the Supreme Court . . . The candid citizen must confess that if the policy of the Government upon vital questions affecting the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made…THE PEOPLE will have CEASED to be THEIR OWN RULERS, having to that extent practically resigned their Government into the hands of the eminent tribunal.” ~Abraham Lincoln
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  • The people of these United States are the rightful masters of both Congresses and Courts. Not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution. ~Abraham Lincoln
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The Genius of Independence

  • Familiarize yourselves with the chains of bondage and you prepare your own limbs to wear them . . . you have lost the genius of your own independence and become the fit subjects of the first cunning Tyrant who rises among you ~Abraham Lincoln
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Whole reliance in God . . .

  • “I have often wished that I was a more devout man than I am. Nevertheless, amid the greatest difficulties of my Administration, when I could not see any other resort, I would place my whole reliance in God”`~Abraham Lincoln
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From God and not from men . . .

  • “I should be the veriest shallow and self-conceited blockhead . . . if, in my discharge of the duties which are put upon me in this place, I should hope to get along without the wisdom which comes from God and not from men” ~Abraham Lincoln
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Prayers of God’s people . . .

  • “It is most cheering and encouraging for me to know that in the efforts which I have made, and am making, for the restoration of a righteous peace to our country, I am upheld and sustained by the good wishes and prayers of God’s people.” —Abraham Lincoln
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No where else to go . . .

  • “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go” ~Abraham Lincoln
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Lincoln’s Proclamation

  • “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand, which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self- sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.” ~President Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation for a National Day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer, April 30, 1863
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