Lincoln’s 1854 Peoria Speech marked his reentry into politics and is considered the foundation of his politics and principles from the Lincoln-Douglas debates to his Second Inaugural. Yet, can it also be considered a global document? In his speech he wrote:
Let north and south–let all Americans–let all lovers of liberty everywhere–join in the great and good work. IF we do this, we shall not only have saved the Union; but we shall have so saved it, as to make, and to keep it, forever worthy of the saving. We shall have so saved it, that the succeeding millions of free happy people, the world over, shall rise up, and call us blessed, to the latest generations.