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

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02955 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Place Written: Springfield, Illinois Type: Pamphlets Date: 17 July 1858 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Discusses the disadvantages faced by the Republican Party in the upcoming election. Traces the development of his attitudes toward slavery and equality, expressing 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 on 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.

People: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Slavery, Reconstruction, Presidents, African American History, Politics, Election, Republican Party, Civil Rights, Bleeding Kansas, Abolition, Freedom and Independence, Declaration of Independence

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