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“What should be done, not what can be done”

Fanny Seward was the wife of William Seward, Lincoln’s Secretary of State. She was a positive disruptive force in his life, and by conduit, the history of our country. She constantly pushed him to consider what should be done and not simply what could be done. Via her constant drumbeat of abolition, she helped her husband to feel the same way and act on first principles, morals, decency… never bending to the will of the mob.