Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)
Title: Speech of Hon. Abraham Lincoln, in vindication of the policy of the framers of the Constitution and the principles of the Republican Party. . .
Title continues "Delivered in the Cooper Institute, Feb. 27th, 1860, issued by the Young Men's Republican Union (659 Broadway, New York) with notes by Charles C. Nott & Cephas Brainerd." Printed by George F. Nesbitt & Co., Printers and Stationers, New York. Includes a list of the board members of the Young Men's Republican Union. In the speech, Lincoln addresses the most pressing issue of the day, slavery, and attacks the view put forth by Stephen Douglas and others that slavery was founded by the forefathers of the country. He examines the views of the 39 signers of the Constitution and notes that at least 21of them believed that Congress should control slavery in the U. S. territories, not allow it to expand. Lincoln proposes that the Republican stance of the time was not revolutionary, but similar to the views of the country's forefathers, and therefore should not alarm Southerners, who opposed the Republican agenda.