Lincoln at Peoria: The Turning Point : Getting Right with the Declaration of Independence
Stackpole Books, 2008 - 412 páginas
To understand President Abraham Lincoln, one must understand the extraordinary antislavery speech Lincoln delivered at Peoria on October 16, 1854. This three-hour address marked the turning point in Lincoln's political pilgrimage, dramatically altering his political career and, as a result, the history of America.
Lincoln opposed any further extension of slavery in the American republic, holding to the Declaration of Independence's universal principle that "all men are created equal." In response to the Kansas-Nebraska Act, Lincoln launched his antislavery campaign, delivering speeches in Springfield and Peoria.
The Peoria address was rigorous, logical, and grounded in historical research. It marked Lincoln's reentry into politics and his preparation for the presidency in 1861. The speech catapulted Lincoln into the national debates over slavery and into national politics for the rest of his life.
Though historians and biographers have noted its importance, Lincoln's speech at Peoria has not received the attention it deserves. Lincoln at Peoria offers a complete examination of the speech that changed the course of our nation.
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Lincoln quoted at length from a speech wherein Henry Clay said : If they would
repress all tendencies toward liberty , and ultimate emancipation , they must do
more than put down the benevolent efforts of this society . They must go back to
Echoing Whig Senator Daniel Webster in a previous national crisis , President
Lincoln believed there could be no liberty without union and no union without
liberty — at least none worthy of the Declaration . “ For Lincoln , saving the Union
He said : “ The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty , and the
American people , just now , are much in want of one . We all declare for liberty ;
but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing . With some the ...
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