A quote from Abraham Lincoln’s Speech on the Dred Scott Decision, June 26, 1857 in which he states his view of the Declaration of Independence’s phrase “all men are created equal.”
I think the authors of that notable instrument intended to include all men, but they did not intend to declare all men equal in all respects. They did not mean to say all were equal in color, size, intellect, moral developments, or social capacity. They defined with tolerable distinctness, in what respects they did consider all men created equal—equal in “certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” This they said, and this meant.
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