Box 20, Folder 1, Document 122

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Box 20, Folder 1, Document 122

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The se>ldom quoted words of the much quoted President
Extrac t from. speech of Ab~aham Lincoln delivered Sept o 18,1858 at
Charles-oon, Ill
"I 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-t.h.a t I am not~ nor ever have been in favor of maki~ voters or
jurors of Negroes; nor of 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 equalityo
And inasmuch as they cannot so live., while they
do remain tq;ether, 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 race o11
The collected works of Abraham Lincoln
Voi 111., 1858-1860 S oR o 308.,
Rutgers Univ o Press
New Br1IDSwick

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