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" In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The Government will not assail you. You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressors. You have no oath registered in heaven to destroy... "
A Sketch of Chili: Expressly Prepared for the Use of Emigrants, from the ... - Page 102
by Benjamín Vicuña Mackenna - 1866 - 181 pages
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Eloquence in an Electronic Age: The Transformation of Political Speechmaking

Kathleen Hall Jamieson - 1988 - 320 pages
...head off civil war, Lincoln's first inaugural spoke directly to his "dissatisfied fellowcountrymen." In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen,...registered in heaven to destroy the Government, while / shall have the most solemn one to "Preserve, protect, and defend it." 4 Realizing that reading and...
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Methods of Rhetorical Criticism: A Twentieth-century Perspective

Bernard L. Brock, Robert Lee Scott, James W. Chesebro - 1989 - 524 pages
...adjust, in the best way, all our present difficulty. In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war....registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while / shall have the most solemn one to "preserve, protect and defend" it. I am loth to close. We are not...
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The Sword and the Cross: Reflections on Command and Conscience

James Hugh Toner - 1992 - 186 pages
...his southern countrymen, as he assumed his high office, that the government would not attack them: "You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy...most solemn one to 'preserve, protect, and defend' it."38 Kennedy would not do something; Lincoln could not forbear doing something both in the name...
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Landmark Essays on Rhetorical Criticism

Thomas W. Benson - 1993 - 272 pages
..."I now reiterate these sentiments"; "I take the official oath to-day, with no mental reservations"; "You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while / shall have the most solemn one to 'preserve, protect and defend' it." Direct and forthright throughout,...
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Out of the Wilderness: The Life of Abraham Lincoln

William Hanchett - 1994 - 172 pages
...secession was anarchy, Lincoln said. "In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen," he concluded, "and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil...registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while / shall have the most solemn one to 'preserve, protect, and defend' it." The Civil War began five weeks...
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Abraham Lincoln: The Man Behind the Myths

Stephen B. Oates - 2009 - 240 pages
...southern people, as he had done so often since 1854: "In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war....registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while / shall have the most solemn one to 'preserve, protect and defend' it." "I am loth to close. We are...
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U.S. Presidents as Orators: A Bio-critical Sourcebook

Halford Ross Ryan - 1995 - 428 pages
...is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you, unless you first assail it. You can have no conflict, without being yourselves...registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while / shall have the most solemn one to "preserve, protect, and defend" it. You can forbear the assault...
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America's Nine Greatest Presidents

Frank P. King - 1997 - 260 pages
...present government, as it came to his hands, and to transmit it, unimpaired by him, to his successor.... In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen,...registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while / shall have the most solemn one to 'preserve, protect and defend' it.36 After the November election,...
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Abraham Lincoln Wisdom and Wit

Louise Bachelder - 1997
...February 11, 1861] ULTIMATE JUSTICE OF THE PEOPLE . . . In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war....registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while / shall have the most solemn one to "preserve, protect and defend" it. I am loath to close. We are...
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The Approaching Fury

Stephen B. Oates - 2009 - 522 pages
...hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war," I said. "The government will not assail you. You can have...registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while / shall have the most solemn one to 'preserve, protect, and defend' it. "I am loth to close. We are...
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