A quote by Abraham Lincoln, 1809 - 1865
- As a nation we began by declaring that "all men are created equal". We now practically read it "all men are created equal, except negroes". When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read "all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics". When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty — to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.
Abraham Lincoln - letter to Joshua F. Speed (24 August 1855), cited in Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 2, Roy P. Basler, ed. (1953), p. 323
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