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Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Speech fragment on slavery and American government

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03251 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Place Written: [Springfield?] Type: Autograph manuscript Date: 1857-1858 ca. Pagination: 1 p. ; 24.8 x 19.3 cm

Summary of Content: Probably part of a speech, beginning in the middle of a word. Lincoln emphasizes how America's affirmation of natural rights has made the nation into a wiser, stronger, happier and more progressive country.

People: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: President Politics, Government and Civics, Slavery, Civil Rights, African American History

Sub Era: Age of Jackson Slavery & Anti-slavery The Crisis of the 1850's Lincoln