The United States Civil War
One-eighth of the whole population were colored
slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized
in the southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar
and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was somehow
the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this
interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the
Union even by war, while the Government claimed no right to do
more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it. Neither
party expected for the war the magnitude or the duration which
it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of
the conflict might cease with or even before the conflict itself
should cease. It may seem strange that any men should dare to
ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat
of other men's faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged.
Second Inaugural Address
Saturday, March 4, 1865
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