abraham lincoln and constitutional government

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. Excerpt from book: Section 3is wrong he cannot say that the people have a right to do wrong. It is the eternal struggle between these two principles, right and wrong, throughout the world. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings. It is the same spirit that says, you toil and work and earn bread and I'll eat it. No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same hypocritical principle." When Judge Stephen A. Douglas, and later, other prominent advocates of slavery came in contact with his master mind, which by its own efforts had acquired a vast fund of legal and political information, they were resisted and overpowered in a manner not expected. He advanced step by step, at first arguing the case with Douglas with the people listening; then, after election denning the position of the seceding states, and finally forcing them to yield and unwillingly accept his position. Stump speaking was then customary and the woods near Springfield often reverberated with oratory delivered on stumps in the groves near Springfield and at the County Fair, slavery and state rights being the chief subjects. There were no questions to be debated then concerning great trusts, there was no Standard Oil company, Steel or Tobacco trust, multimillionaires who tried to control the money market, nor national banks, but we had plenty of wild cat currency, good one day, of no account the next. Messrs. Nicolay and Hay state in their history of Lincoln: "In 1838 wheat was 50^ a bushel, rye was 35^, corn and oats 25^, butter was 8^ a pound, and eggs were textit{8$ a dozen and pork was 2Vzi a pound." Eggs and butter were plentiful and cheap in those anti-bellum times and there were few large cold storage warehouses where...
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