Abraham Lincoln continually exhorted his generation to maintain our free Republic. This excerpt is from one of Lincoln's many speeches defending and preserving our country's liberties. "What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling seacoasts, the guns of our war steamers, or the strength of our gallant and disciplined army. These are not our reliance against a resumption of tyranny in our fair land. All of them may be turned against our liberties, without making us stronger or weaker for the struggle. Our reliance is in the love of liberty, which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit, which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit, and you have planted the seeds of despotism at your own doors."--Abraham Lincoln, September 11, 1858 Speech at Edwardsville. Dimensions: 24" x 36".