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The foregoing history may not be precisely accurate in every particular; but I am sure it is sufficiently so, for all the uses I shall attempt to make of it, and in it, we have before us, the chief material enabling us to correctly judge whether the repeal of the Missouri Compromise is right or wrong. I think, and shall try to show, that it is wrong; wrong in its direct effect, letting slavery into Kansas and Nebraska—and wrong in its prospective principle, allowing it to spread to every other part of the wide world, where men can be found inclined to take it. This declared indifference, but as I must think, covert real zeal for the spread of slavery, I can not but hate. I hate it because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself. I hate it because it deprives our republican example of its just influence in the world—enables the enemies of free institutions, with plausibility, to taunt us as hypocrites—causes the real friends of freedom to doubt our sincerity, and especially because it forces so many really good men amongst ourselves into an open war with the very fundamental principles of civil liberty—criticising the Declaration of Independence, and insisting that there is no right principle of action but self-interest. Abraham Lincoln

Tags:

The

foregoing

history

may

not

be

precisely

accurate

in

every

particular



but

I

am

sure

it

is

sufficiently

so



for

all

the

uses

I

shall

attempt

to

make

of

it



and

in

it



we

have

before

us



the

chief

material

enabling

us

to

correctly

judge

whether

the

repeal

of

the

Missouri

Compromise

is

right

or

wrong

I

think



and

shall

try

to

show



that

it

is

wrong



wrong

in

its

direct

effect



letting

slavery

into

Kansas

and

Nebraska—and

wrong

in

its

prospective

principle



allowing

it

to

spread

to

every

other

part

of

the

wide

world



where

men

can

be

found

inclined

to

take

it

This

declared

indifference



but

as

I

must

think



covert

real

zeal

for

the

spread

of

slavery



I

can

not

but

hate



I

hate

it

because

of

the

monstrous

injustice

of

slavery

itself



I

hate

it

because

it

deprives

our

republican

example

of

its

just

influence

in

the

world—enables

the

enemies

of

free

institutions



with

plausibility



to

taunt

us

as

hypocrites—causes

the

real

friends

of

freedom

to

doubt

our

sincerity



and

especially

because

it

forces

so

many

really

good

men

amongst

ourselves

into

an

open

war

with

the

very

fundamental

principles

of

civil

liberty—criticising

the

Declaration

of

Independence



and

insisting

that

there

is

no

right

principle

of

action

but

self

interest



Abraham

Lincoln



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