"Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form 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."
+ Attributions The Great Emancipator spoke these words in a speech to the House of Representatives over a decade before he was made President. The idea of an inherent right of revolution being a sacred right was partially what the founding fathers and the Revolutionary War was powered by. American History Civil Rights Political
"Gettyburg Address" - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, November 19, 1863
"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met here on a great battle field of that war. We are now have come to dedicate a portion of it as the a final resting place of for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But in a larger sense we can not dedicate--we can not consecrate--we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but can never forget what they did here. It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to the that cause for which they here gave gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
+ Attributions Address delivered at the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg This draft was given to Lincoln's secretary John Hay. The Hay copy, which is sometimes referred to as the "second draft", was made either on the morning of its delivery, or shortly after Lincoln's return to Washington. Civil War Freedom Freedom Of Speech Political
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