In a speech at Springfield, Illinois, Lincoln denounced the Supreme Court’s decision in Dred Scott v. Sanford, declaring it “erroneous” and vowing that “we shall do what we can to have [the Supreme Court] over-rule this.”
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 were hurried into print in April 1860 to help garner support for Lincoln’s presidential bid and immediately become a best seller. The impetus and final arrangements for publishing the debates came from several top Republican leaders. Although Lincoln lost the Senate seat in 1858, the debates became widely known due to this publication and were crucial to his subsequent nomination for president. Despite several better-known candidates, they made Lincoln an acceptable choice for the Republican Party. Of...
Abraham Lincoln was sworn into office as the sixteenth president of the United States. He declared in his first inaugural address that “One section of our country believes slavery is right, and ought to be extended, while the other believes it is wrong, and ought not to be extended. This is the only substantial dispute.”
Abraham Lincoln revealed to his Cabinet his plans to issue an emancipation proclamation and submitted a draft of the document to them. Secretary of State William H. Seward advised Lincoln to wait to issue the proclamation until after a Union military success to avoid it being seen as a desperate measure. Lincoln heeded Seward’s advice, putting the proclamation away until after the Union victory at Antietam in September.