Here are Some "Quotes"
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"Quotes from The North"
|"My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union. I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause." The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume V, "Letter to Horace Greeley" (August 22, 1862), p. 388.|
"I am not now, nor ever have been in
favor of bringing about in any way the social or political equality of
the white and black races. I am not now nor
ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of
qualifying them to hold office, nor of intermarriages with white people.
There is a physical difference between the white and the black races
which will forever forbid the two races living together on social or
political equality. There must be a position of superior and
inferior, and I am in favor of assigning
the superior position to the white man."
Source: Abraham Lincoln said this in
a speech he delivered to the people of Charleston, Illinois in 1858.
|"Such separation if effected at all, must be effected be effected by colonization: ... what colonization most needs is a hearty will... Let us be brought to believe that it is morally right, and at the same time favorable to, or at least not against, our interests to transfer the African to his native clime, and we shall find a way to do it, however great the task may be."|
|Source: Abraham Lincoln said this in a speech he delivered to the people of Charleston, Illinois in 1858.|
|"My first impulse would be to free all the slaves, and send them to Liberia, to their own native land. But a moment's reflection would convince me, that whatever of high hope (as I think there is) there may be in this, in the long run, it's sudden execution is impossible. What then? Free them, and keep them among us as underlings? Is it quite certain that this betters their condition? I think I would not hold one in slavery, at any rate, yet the point is not clear enough for me to denounce people on. What then? Free them, and make them politically and socially our equals? MY own feelings will not admit of this; and if mine would, we well know that those of the great mass of white people will not...A universal feeling, whether well or ill-founded, cannot be safely disregarded."|
|"I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so."|
|Source: Abraham Lincoln September 18, 1858|
|"I am a little uneasy about the abolishment of slavery in this District [of Columbia]..."|
|Source: Abraham Lincoln, 3/24/1862 letter to Horace Greely, New York Tribune editor|
|Ulysses S. Grant|
|"If I thought this war was to abolish slavery, I would resign my commission, and offer my sword to the other side."|
|Source: Ulysses S. Grant 1866|
|"It is now pretty well established that there are at the present moment many colored men in the Confederate Army doing duty not only as cooks, servants, and laborers, but as real soldiers, having muskets on their shoulders, and bullets in their pockets, ready to shoot down loyal troops, and do all that soldiers may do to destroy the Federal government and build up that of the traitors and rebels. There were such soldiers at Manassas and they are probably there still."|
|Source: Fredrick Douglass September 12, 1861|
|"We do not like the negroes. We do not disguise our dislike. As my friend from Indiana [a Mr. Write] said yesterday: "The whole people of the Northwestern States are opposed to having many negroes among them and that principal or prejudice has been engraved in the legislation for nearly all the Northwestern States."|
|Source: April 2, 1862 House of Representatives|
|Major General John Pope:|
|"Negroes are to be treated as maniacs or wild beasts, and by no means as people with whom treaties or compromises can be made".|
|William Lloyd Garrison|
|"The free colored people were looked upon as an inferior caste to whom their liberty was a curse, and their lot worse than that of slaves"|
|Source: William Lloyd Garrison, vol. I, pp. 253-54 1915|
"Quotes from The South"
|Robert E. Lee:|
|"So far from engaging in a war to perpetuate slavery, I am rejoiced that Slavery is abolished. I believe it will be greatly for the interest of the South. So fully am I satisfied of this that I would have cheerfully lost all that I have lost by the war, and have suffered all that I have suffered to have this object attained."|
|Source: Robert E. Lee 1865|