Abraham Lincoln quote about nation from State of the Union Address - A nation may be said to consist of its territory, its people, and its laws. The territory is the only part which is of certain durability.
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A nation may be said to consist of its territory, its people, and its laws. The territory is the only part which is of certain durability.
 Abraham Lincoln, State of the Union Address (1 December 1862). copy citation

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Author Abraham Lincoln
Source State of the Union Address
Topic nation territory durability
Date 1 December 1862
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/5024/5024-h/5024-h.htm

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“On the 22d day of September last a proclamation was issued by the Executive, a copy of which is herewith submitted. In accordance with the purpose expressed in the second paragraph of that paper, I now respectfully recall your attention to what may be called "compensated emancipation."
A nation may be said to consist of its territory, its people, and its laws. The territory is the only part which is of certain durability. "One generation passeth away and another generation cometh, but the earth abideth forever." It is of the first importance to duly consider and estimate this ever-enduring part. That portion of the earth's surface which is owned and inhabited by the people of the United States is well adapted to be the home of one national family, and it is not well adapted for two or more.” source

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