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"It's not illegal to bribe a congressman. They'd starve otherwise."
Robert W. Latham

"You know that the inner compass that should direct the soul toward justice has ossified in white men and women, North and South, unto utter uselessness through tolerating the evil of slavery. White people cannot bear the thought of sharing this country's infinite abundance with Negroes."
Thaddeus Stevens

"Abolishing slavery by constitutional provision settles the fate for all coming time not only for the millions now in bondage, but of unborn millions to come. Two votes stand in it's way, these votes must be procured!"
Abraham Lincoln

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"I am the President of the United States of America, clothed in immense power!"
Abraham Lincoln

"How have you held you Union together? Through democracy? Your Union, sir, is bonded in cannon fire and death."
Alexander Stephens

"It may be you're right... But say all we've done is show the world that democracy isn't chaos. That there is a great, invisible strength in a people's union. See, we've shown that a people can endure awful sacrifice and yet cohere. Mightn't that save at least the idea of democracy, to aspire to? Eventually to become worthy of? At all rates what ever may be proven by blood and sacrifice must have been proved by now! Shall we stop this bleeding?"
Abraham Lincoln
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