Lincoln on the Republic of States

“The republican system of government has proved its adaptation to what is the first purpose of government everywhere – the maintenance of national independence (and) the preservation of peace, order and national prosperity.”

Letter to D. M. Hurtado, June 4, 1861

“Each community, as a State, has a right to do exactly as it pleases with all the concerns within that state that interfere with the right of no other State; and that the general government, upon principle, has no right to interfere with anything other than that general class of things that does not concern the  whole.”

Speech at Chicago, July 10, 1858

 


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