I'm reading Shelby Foote's Civil War History and William Lee Miller's President Lincoln: The Duty of a Statesman, and I was wondering what others thought of some of President Lincoln's statements. For starters:
Votar: "The Union is older than any of the States, and, in fact, it created them as States."
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This statement was made in the controversy over the Mexican War (and, therefore, not made by President Lincoln), but it's stated in rather universal language:
Votar: "Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and for a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government, may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people that can, may revolutionize, and make their own, of so much of the territory as they inhabit. More than this, a majority of any portion of such people may revolutionize, putting down a minority, intermingled with, or near about them, who may oppose their movement."
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>2 cpg: Wow, I'd never seen that quote before. It certainly could have been read as favorable to Confederate secession when that happened later.
>2 cpg: I would love to know the actual context in which Lincoln made that statement, other than it being about the Mexican War. What were the circumstances of the controversy you refer to that called for such a statement? How long before Lincoln became president did he say that, and did he publicly change his opinion between making the statement and becoming president. What did he say on the matter during his presidential campaign, for example? The southern states didn't seem to be in any uncertainty about where Lincoln stood on the matter in 1860, that's for sure.