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„We immigrant citizens have the holy duty to throw ourselves into the breach and to preserve the Union and the Constitution, these great legacies of the Revolution, for the future. The native Americans are demoralized physically and spiritually. Love, true attachment for this is entirely lacking. They do not understand free institutions because to them the difference between freedom and despotism is unknown. To us immigrants it is reserved to save this land from destruction. And we will do it!“
Washingtoner Intelligenzblatt, 7. Juli 1860