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" This they said, and this they meant. They did not mean to assert the obvious untruth that all were then actually enjoying that equality, nor yet that they were about to confer it immediately upon them. In fact, they had no power to confer such a boon.... "
Lives and Speeches of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin - Página 181
por William Dean Howells - 1860 - 390 páginas
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Lincoln, Douglas, and Slavery: In the Crucible of Public Debate

David Zarefsky - 1993 - 309 páginas
...last encounter, at Alton, where Lincoln read from his earlier speech. The Founders, he noted, "did not mean to assert the obvious untruth, that all were...they were about to confer it immediately upon them. . . . They meant simply to declare the right so that the enforcement of it might follow as fast as...
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Lincoln, Douglas, and Slavery: In the Crucible of Public Debate

David Zarefsky - 1993 - 309 páginas
...actually enjoying that equality, nor yet, that they were about to confer it immediately upon them. . . . They meant simply to declare the right so that the...of it might follow as fast as circumstances should permit."53 The phrase was not a description of empirical conditions but a standard to which to aspire...
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Constitutionalism and Rights: The Influence of the United States ...

Albert J. Rosenthal, Louis Henkin, Columbia University Press - 1990 - 462 páginas
...a factual situation, because the authors of the United States Declaration of Independence "did not mean to assert the obvious untruth that all were then actually enjoying that equality."21 It was the enunciation of a high moral principle: every person, irrespective of his/her...
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The American Polity: Essays on the Theory and Practice of Constitutional ...

Edward J. Erler - 1991 - 127 páginas
...June 1857 that the authors of the Declaration did not mean to assert the obvious untruth, that all men were then actually enjoying that equality, nor yet....confer it immediately upon them. In fact they had no such power to confer such a boon. They meant to set up a standard maxim for free society, which should...
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Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America

Garry Wills - 1992 - 317 páginas
...1.400, italics added). They [the fathers] did not mean to assert the obvious untruth, that all men were then actually enjoying that equality, nor yet...simply to declare the right, so that the enforcement might follow as fast as circumstances should permit. [SW 1.398] Since Lincoln thinks of America's claim...
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Nomination of Judge Clarence Thomas to be Associate Justice of the Supreme ...

United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary - 1993 - 1166 páginas
...are conspicuously absent in his writings on the Constitution or otherwise. 101 [The Founders) did not mean to assert the obvious untruth, that all were...confer such a boon. They meant simply to declare the 31 Judge Thomas's arguments with respect to racial equality are not transferable to equality between...
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Old Rights and New

Robert A. Licht - 1993 - 216 páginas
...are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." This they said and this they meant. They did not mean to assert the obvious untruth, that all were...confer it immediately upon them. In fact they had no right to confer such a boon. They meant simply to declare the right, so that the enforcement of it...
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Troublesome Presence: Democracy and Black Americans

Eli Ginzberg, Alfred S. Eichner - 1993 - 358 páginas
...men were equal in color, size, intellect, moral development or social capacity. . . . They did not mean to assert the obvious untruth, that all were then actually enjoying that equality, not yet, that they were about to confer it immediately upon them. In fact they had no power to confer...
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The End of Racism: Finding Values In An Age Of Technoaffluence

Dinesh D'Souza - 1996 - 756 páginas
...respects they did consider all men created equal — equal in certain inalienable rights. They did not mean to assert the obvious untruth, that all were...they were about to confer it immediately upon them. . . . They meant simply to declare the right, so that the enforcement of it might follow as fast as...
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Drawn with the Sword: Reflections on the American Civil War

James M. McPherson - 1996 - 272 páginas
...of Americans to bring their institutions progressively closer to that truth. The Founders "did not mean to assert the obvious untruth that all were then actually enjoying that equality," said Lincoln in 1857. They meant to set up a standard maxim for free society, which should be familiar...
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