Box 20, Folder 1, Document 122

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The seldom quoted words of the much quoted President

Extract from speech of Abraham Lincoln delivered Sept. 18,1858 at
Charleston, Ill

"IT will say then, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing
about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black
races=~that + am not, nor ever have been in favor of making voters or
jurors of Negroes; nor of qualifying them to hold office—nor to intermarry
with white people; and I will say in addition to this,that there is a
difference between the white and black races, which I believe will

forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and

political equality. And inasmich as they cannot so live, while they
do remain together, there must be the position of superior and inferior,
and I, as much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior
position assigned to the white raceo"

Authority; :
The collected works of Abraham Lincoln
Vol 111, 1858-1860 S.R. 308, P. 15
Rutgers Univ. Press
New Brunswick N.J.

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