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Memorial Address on the Life and Character of Abraham Lincoln

Delivered at the request of both Houses of Congress of America

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Author: George Bancroft
Published: 1866
Language: English
Wordcount: 16,552 / 55 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 50.1
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 530
Added to site: 2008.10.03
mnybks.net#: 22205
Genre: History
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and constitutional law; unknown to Jay, to Rutledge, Ellsworth, and Marshall--that there are "slave races." The spirit of evil is intensely logical. Having the authority of this decision, five States swiftly followed the earlier example of a sixth, and opened the way for reducing the free negro to bondage; the migrating free negro became a slave if he but entered within the jurisdiction of a seventh; and an eighth, from its extent, and soil, and mineral resources, destined to incalculable greatness, closed its eyes on its coming, prosperity, and enacted, as by Taney's dictum it had the right to do, that every free black man who would live within its limits must accept the condition of slavery for himself and his posterity.

Only one step more remained to be taken. Jefferson and the leading statesmen of his day held fast to the idea that the enslavement of the African was socially, morally, and politically wrong. The new school was founded exactly upon the opposite idea; and they resolved, first, to dist

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