“Right and wrong is the precise fact upon which depends the whole controversy. Thinking it wrong, as we do, can we yield? Can we cast our votes with their view and against our own? In view of our moral, social, and political responsibilities, can we do this?
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Let us not grope for some middle ground between right and wrong. Let us not search in vain for a policy of don’t care on a question about which we do care. Nor let us be frightened by threats of destruction to the government.
Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it!"
It was a dramatic speech, and it was exceptionally well received. When Lincoln stepped back from the podium after his right makes might conclusion, the Cooper Union Great Hall exploded with noise and motion. Everybody stood. The staid