Lincoln was to bring into the Abolition camp the old line Whigs, and transfer them over to Giddings, Chase, Fred Douglass, and Parson Lovejoy, who were ready to receive them and christen them in their new faith. The result of the Illinois elections on November 2, 1858 were bad news for Abraham Lincoln and the - the new legislature would be controlled by the of Stephen Douglas, who was re-elected to the Senate. I told the officers I was…sure there must be some mistake, for no such order could have emanated from President Lincoln; and if he knew I was at the door he would desire my admission. It also shifted his political focus from pacification of the South, which had been his purpose in the Kansas-Nebraska legislation to restoring his political popularity in the North. Rumors had been current that there would be trouble at that time, and much anxiety was felt by the authorities and the friends of Mr. During an exhaustive series of speaking engagements in the South, in which Douglas urged a return to the Union, he contracted typhoid fever. We have some 120,000 clear Republican votes.
It destroyed the Whig Party, it gave birth to the Republican party, and it led to a little civil war between pro-slavery and anti-slavery settlers in Kansas. Their essence was a strict Popular Sovereignty position. He can say that, logically, if he says that there is no wrong in slavery; but if you admit that there is a wrong in it, he cannot logically say that anybody has a right to do wrong. His first impulse was decidedly against my purposes. He suppressed facts, twisted conclusions, and perverted history. The lengthy debates were entertaining and the speakers were often sarcastic towards their opponent and littered with jokes and insults. Until that moment, Lincoln had been on the defensive.
He had a lean, lank, indescribably gawky figure, an odd-featured, wrinkled, inexpressive, and altogether uncomely face. He was, for the first time that I never saw him so, well dressed; he evidently was gotten up for some occasion. If accomplished, our glory as a nation will be complete, our peace will flow like a river, and our foundations will be the everlasting rocks. They were both principled pragmatists with a truly world view. While blackening his boots and getting ready for the ceremony, a friend asked Lincoln where he was going.
Kirkland, editors Frederick Douglass: A Critical Reader, Blackwell Publishing 1999. . Lincoln who avoided most references to his childhood, Douglass made his childhood experiences with slavery the centerpiece of his speaking and writing. It was a cool day. When Lincoln was put forward as the antagonist of the hitherto invincible Douglas, it was with fear and trembling, with the expectancy of defeat; but this mature David of the new faith had met the Goliath of the old, and had practically slain him. They would sacrifice it Kansas a thousand times rather than forget a party advantage. The President is a most remarkable man.
The train came and was filled instantly. Lincoln got to know Douglas when they served together in the state legislature in the late1830s in Vandalia and subsequently hung out together at night at the general storeowned by Joshua F. Nicolay and John Hay, Abraham Lincoln: A History, Volume I, p. Lincoln were separated by a foot in height, but the separation in their attitude toward slavery was greater. Lincoln Douglas Debates and the Slavery Issue: Stephen A. Senate seat, making way for party regular Lyman Trumbull. Smith, The Death of Slavery: The United States, 1837-65, pp.
Whenever, if ever, he and we can come together on principle so that our great cause may have assistance from his great ability, I hope to have interposed no adventurous obstacle. Lincoln, Douglas understood the nature of northern racism. Locations in Illinois where Lincoln and Douglas debated. He knew that it made him stand out. Green denotes debates between Lincoln and Douglas while purple denotes places where they spoke separately within a day of each other. Both had grown up in poverty; they were largely self-taught; in a generation of great orators they were two of the greatest; in the century of the self-made man both came to see their own lives as exemplary. Senators and judges crowded in, and to make room for them removed nearer the front of the stage, carrying his tile with him.
Douglas, ill with bronchitis, seemed sluggish and unsteady. On that September afternoon, Lincoln declared that while he opposed slavery, he was not for unequivocal racial equality. In his trips to and from over the States, between meetings, he would stop at Springfield sometimes, to consult with his friends or to post himself up on questions that occurred during the canvass. Stenographers trained in shorthand recorded the candidates' words. The 200 page scrapbook contains 103 pages of material. By his vigorous showing against the famous Douglas, Lincoln gained considerable national fame. Lincoln had the sense of words, the imagination, the intensity of feeling, which go to the making of great literature; but for his masterpieces he always needed time.
At Alton, Lincoln tried to reconcile his statements on equality. Douglas was an unapologetic proponent of western expansion and territorial development. But a living dog is better than a dead lion. Though Lincoln, too, knew all the tricks of the hustings, it was in the realm of the ethical that his genius and strength lay. He went on to win the presidential election, defeating the Northern Democrat Douglas, the Southern Democrat John C. On the other hand, any suggestion that the expansion of slavery into the territories ought to be guaranteed by the federal government, which Southerners were demanding, was utterly unacceptable to free-soil opinion in the North.
Ward, editors, The Public and the Private Lincoln: Contemporary Perspectives, p. Lincoln Douglas Debates for kids: Locations and Dates of the Debates A braham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas agreed to debate in seven of the nine Illinois Congressional Districts. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. Ward, The Public and the Private Lincoln: Contemporary Perspectives Roy P. He greeted and talked freely with me and several other persons whom he happened to know, but as night drew on he withdrew to another part of the car where he could occupy a seat by himself. In the mid-19th century, however, land along the shore stretched green into the distance, the grassy hills dotted with maples and river birches. The usual reception was given at the Executive Mansion, and though no colored persons had ever ventured to present themselves on such occasions, it seemed now that freedom had become the law of the Republic, now that colored men were on the battlefield mingling their blood with that of white men in one common effort to save the country, it was not too great an assumption for a colored man to offer his congratulations to the president with those of other citizens.
Johannsen, editor, The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858, pp. He confessed his exhaustion to the Rev. Senate seat held by Douglas ally James Shields. He was then just as good at telling an anecdote as now. It is indeed true that in the course of seven debates, two of the country's most skilled orators delivered memorably provocative, reasoned and occasionally morally elevated arguments on the most divisive issues of the day.