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Quotation by Abraham Lincoln
It may be affirmed, without extravagance, that the free institutions we enjoy, have developed the powers, and improved the condition, of our whole people, beyond any example in the world.
Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), U.S. president. Message to Congress in special session, July 4, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 437, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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