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Those arguments that are made, that the inferior race are to be treated with as much allowance as they are capable of enjoying; that as much is to be done for them as their condition will allow. What are these arguments? They are the arguments that kings have made for enslaving the people in all ages of the world. You will find that all the arguments in favor of king-craft were of this class; they always bestrode the necks of the people, not that they wanted to do it, but because the people were better off for being ridden. That is their argument, and this argument of the Judge is the same old serpent that says you work and I eat, you toil and I will enjoy the fruits of it. Turn in whatever way you will, whether it come from the mouth of a King, an excuse for enslaving the people of this country, or from the mouth of men of one race as a reason for enslaving the men of another race, it is all the same old serpent, and I hold if that course of argumentation that is made for the purpose of convincing the public mind that we should not care about this, should be granted, it does not stop with the negro. I should like to know if, taking this old Declaration of Independence, which declares that all men are equal upon principle, and making exceptions to it, where will it stop? If one man says it does not mean a negro, why not another say it does not mean some other man? If that declaration is not the truth, let us get the Statute book, in which we find it, and tear it out! Who is so bold as to do it? If it is not true let us tear it out! Abraham Lincoln

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Those arguments that are made that the inferior race are to be treated with as much allowance as they are capable of enjoying that as much is to be done for them as their condition will allow What are these arguments They are the arguments that kings have made for enslaving the people in all ages of the world You will find that all the arguments in favor of king craft were of this class they always bestrode the necks of the people not that they wanted to do it but because the people were better off for being ridden That is their argument and this argument of the Judge is the same old serpent that says you work and I eat you toil and I will enjoy the fruits of it Turn in whatever way you will whether it come from the mouth of a King an excuse for enslaving the people of this country or from the mouth of men of one race as a reason for enslaving the men of another race it is all the same old serpent and I hold if that course of argumentation that is made for the purpose of convincing the public mind that we should not care about this should be granted it does not stop with the negro I should like to know if taking this old Declaration of Independence which declares that all men are equal upon principle and making exceptions to it where will it stop If one man says it does not mean a negro why not another say it does not mean some other man If that declaration is not the truth let us get the Statute book in which we find it and tear it out Who is so bold as to do it If it is not true let us tear it out Abraham Lincoln

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