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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What sophistry is this , said Mr . L , to contend and insist that you did instruct him
to effect the repeal of the Missouri Compromise , when you know you never
thought of such a thought of it ( Cries of “ No ! No ! ! ” ] — that all the people of
This proves that those Senators thought the change a substantial one ; and that
the Judge thought their opinions worth deferring to . His own opinions , therefore ,
seem not to rest on a very firm basis even in his own mind — and I suppose the ...
... absolute suffocation , if they should be restricted in the “ sacred right ” of taking
slaves to Nebraska . That perfect liberty they sigh for — the liberty of making
slaves of other people — Jefferson never thought of ; their own father never
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