Excerpts from Lincoln’s Speeches

Lincoln’s Speech at Peoria, Illinois, 1854

” Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man’s nature- opposition to it is his love of justice. These principles are an eternal antagonism: and when brought  into collision so fiercely, as slavery extensions brings them, shocks  and throes, and convulsions must ceaselessly follow. Repeal the Missouri Compromise – repeal all compromises- repeal all past history, you still cannot repeal human nature. It still will be the abundance of man’s  heart, that slavery’s  extension is wrong; and out of the abundance of his heart, his mouth will continue to speak.”


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