Quotation by Abraham Lincoln

This is essentially a People's contest. On the side of the Union, it is a struggle for maintaining in the world, that form, and substance of government, whose leading object is, to elevate the condition of men—to lift artificial weights from all shoulders—to clear the paths of laudable pursuit for all—to afford all, an unfettered start, and a fair chance, in the race of life.
Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), U.S. president. Message to Congress in special session, July 4, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 438, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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