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Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Speech of Hon. Abraham Lincoln, delivered in Springfield, Saturday evening, July 17, 1858.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06214.01 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Place Written: Springfield, Illinois Type: Pamphlet Date: 17 July 1858 Pagination: 8 p. ; 24 x 15.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses the upcoming election and the disadvantages the Republican Party faces in it. Traces the development of his attitudes toward slavery and equality. Expresses his conviction that the southern slave power was engaged in a conspiracy to nationalize slavery and strip whites as well as blacks of their civil rights. States that the Kansas-Nebraska bill was the beginning of this. Urges that slavery be placed in the course of "ultimate extinction." Attacks Stephen Douglas and defends himself by stating that he supports the principles of equality put forth in the Declaration of Independence. This speech preceded his debates with Douglas. Uncut.

Background Information:

People: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: African American HistoryPresidentElectionGovernment and CivicsPoliticsSlaveryCivil RightsRepublican PartyBleeding KansasDeclaration of Independence

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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