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The Writings of Abraham Lincoln - Volume 5: 1858

Abraham Lincoln

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On 27 February 1860, Abraham Lincoln gave this address at the Cooper Union in New York City. When he gave the speech, Lincoln was considered by many to be just a country lawyer. After he gave the speech, he soon became his party’s nominee for president.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I had expressed it, I did not expect the house to fall, that I did not expect the Union to be dissolved, but that I did expect that it would cease to be divided, that it would become all one thing, or all the other; that either the opponents of slavery would arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind would rest in the belief that it was in the course of ultimate extinction, or the friends of slavery will push it forward until it becomes alike lawful in all the States, old or new, free as well as slave. I did, fifteen months ago, express that opinion, and upon many occasions Judge Douglas has denounced it, and has greatly, intentionally or unintentionally, misrepresented my purpose in the expression of that opinion.

I presume, without having seen a report of his speech, that he did so here. I presume that he alluded also to that opinion, in different language, having been expressed at a subsequent time by Governor Seward of New York, an. . . Read More

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A collection of inestimable value and unsurpassed eloquence

To read these papers is to receive an education in history, politics, friendship, diplomacy, military affairs, finance, government, and foreign policy. But most of all it is to sit in wonder at Lincoln's massive powers of reasoning, his h...more

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