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" The Union is much older than the Constitution. It was formed, in fact, by the Articles of Association in 1774. It was matured and continued by the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It was further matured, and the faith of all the then thirteen States... "
Annual Register - Page 210
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Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years

Carl Sandburg - Biography & Autobiography - 2007 - 463 pages
...Declaration of Independence in 1776, It was further matured and the faith of all the then thirteen States expressly plighted and engaged that it should...Constitution, was "to form a more perfect Union." . . . It follows from these views that no State, upon its own mere motion, can lawfullv get out of...
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The Puritan Origins of American Patriotism

George McKenna - History - 2007 - 431 pages
...Declaration of Independence in 1776. It was further matured and the faith of all the then thirteen States expressly plighted and engaged that it should...perpetual, by the Articles of Confederation in 1778. "M The Constitution, then, was the culmination of a long process of consolidation that had been going...
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Dying and Death: Inter-disciplinary Perspectives

Asa Kasher - FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS - 2007 - 217 pages
...perfect union" that Lincoln defined in his First Inaugural Address to be "perpetual" by definition: "if destruction of the Union by one or by a part only of the States be lawfully possible, then Union is less perfect than before the Constitution, having lost the vital element of perpetuity."...
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The Inspired Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln: How Faith Shaped an American ...

Philip L. Ostergard - Biography & Autobiography - 2008 - 272 pages
...Declaration of Independence in 1776. It was further matured and the faith of all the then thirteen States expressly plighted and engaged that it should...Constitution, was "to form a more perfect union. " But if destruction of the Union, by one, or by apart only, of the States, be lawfully possible, the Union...
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