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No human power can subdue this rebellion without using the Emancipation lever as I have done,” he wrote. If they [African Americans] stake their lives for us they must be prompted by the strongest motive. … And the promise being made, must be kept. … Why should they give their lives for us with full notice of our purpose to betray them? I should be damned in time and in eternity for so doing. The world shall know that I will keep my faith to friends and enemies, come what will. More than a decade after Lincoln’s death, Frederick Douglass tried to explain Lincoln’s relation to the cause of emancipation.

Fascinated by the sound of words, Lincoln wrote for the ear. He whispered or spoke a word out loud before putting his pencil to paper. Lincoln’s pattern then was to speak or read his addresses slowly. Let us examine three speeches Lincoln offered as president of the United States between 1861 and 1865. I encourage you to speak Lincoln’s words aloud, an exercise that will help you enter more fully into the meaning of the words that moved a nation. First Inaugural Address (1861) March 4, 1861, dawned windy and cool.

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