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Posted: October 8, 2013 in politics

What is our present condition? We have just carried an election on principles fairly stated to the people. Now we are told images-249in advance, the government shall be broken up, unless we surrender to those we have beaten, before we take the offices. In this they are either attempting to play upon us, or they are in dead earnest. Either way, if we surrender, it is the end of us, and of the government. They will repeat the experiment upon us ad libitum.

— Abraham Lincoln, 1861

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