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"This dust was once the man,
Gentle, plain, just and resolute, under whose cautious hand,
Against the foulest crime in history known in any land or age,
Was saved the Union of these States."
— Epitaph for Lincoln by Walt Whitman

"For Lincoln and Johnson,
Hurrah boys, hurrah!
Down with the traitor, and on with the war,
As we rally round the flag boys, rally in our might,
Singing the holy cause of freemen!"
"The Battle-Cry of Freedom", adapted as Lincoln's campaign song in 1864.

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"More than any other person, Lincoln transformed the Declaration of Independence from a revolutionary manifesto into a statement of ideas to guide an established government. He focused on the opening phrases of the second paragraph, particularly its assertions that all men are created equal and have unalienable rights. The signers meant, Lincoln explained, that all men were equal in having rights, and by including those words in the Declaration they charged posterity with restoring rights, as soon as circumstances allowed, to those deprived of them."
Pauline Maier

"Even the sycophants who, year after year, and day by day, stick to their Sisyphus work of morally assassinating Abraham Lincoln, and the great Republic he headed, stand now aghast at this universal outburst of popular feeling, and rival with each other to strew rhetorical flowers on his open grave. They have now at last found out that he was a man, neither to be browbeaten by adversity, nor intoxicated by success, inflexibly pressing on to his great goal, never compromising it by blind haste, slowly maturing his steps, never retracing them, carried away by no surge of popular favour, disheartened by no slackening of the popular pulse, tempering stern acts by the gleams of a kind heart, illuminating scenes dark with passion by the smile of humour, doing his titanic work as humbly and homely as Heaven-born rulers do little things with the grandiloquence of pomp and state; in one word, one of the rare men who succeed in becoming great, without ceasing to be good. Such, indeed, was the modesty of this great and good man, that the world only discovered him a hero after he had fallen a martyr."
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