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Unconditional Surrender in Chicago

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On December 2, 1806, in his State of the Union Address, he urged Congress pass a constitutional amendment mandating federal support for education. He said:

"An amendment to our constitution must here come in aid of the public education. The influence over government must be shared among all people."

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He never got what he wanted. It's our loss today. He believed primary and secondary education were vital. He wanted them kept public. He had six objectives. He hoped they'd create a more productive, informed electorate. They included:

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(1) "To give every citizen the information he needs for the transaction of his own business;

(2) To enable him to calculate for himself, and to express and preserve his ideas, his contracts, and accounts, in writing;

(3) To improve, by reading, his morals and faculties;

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(4) To understand his duties to his neighbors and country, and to discharge with competence the functions confided to him by either;

(5) To know his rights; to exercise with order and justice those he retains; to choose with discretion the fiduciary of those he delegates; and to notice their conduct with diligence, with candor, and judgment;

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