Lincoln: “Whenever I hear any one arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally” #tcot #teaparty

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“There are but few aspects of this great war on which I have not already expressed my views by speaking or writing. There is one–the recent effort of “Our erring brethren,” sometimes so called, to employ the slaves in their armies. The great question with them has been, “Will the negro fight for them?” They ought to know better than we, and doubtless do know better than we. I may incidentally remark, that having in my life heard many arguments–or strings of words meant to pass for arguments–intended to show that the negro ought to be a slave,–if he shall now really fight to keep himself a slave, it will be a far better argument why he should remain a slave than I have ever before heard. He, perhaps, ought to be a slave if he desires it ardently enough to fight for it. Or, if one out of four will, for his own freedom fight to keep the other three in slavery, he ought to be a slave for his selfish meanness. I have always thought that all men should be free; but if any should be slaves, it should be first those who desire it for themselves, and secondly those who desire it for others. Whenever I hear any one arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”

   FROM AN ADDRESS TO AN INDIANA REGIMENT. MARCH 17, 1865 There are but few as

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