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Political Debates Between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas in the Celebrated Campaign on 1858 in Illinois, Including the Preceding Speeches of Each at Chicago, Springfield, Etc. Also, The Two Great Speeches of Abraham Lincoln in Ohio in 1859.

Lincoln, Abraham

Published by The Burrows Brothers Company, Cleveland, 1894
Condition: Good Plus. Hardcover
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This is an 1894 Limited Edition Antique copy of "POLITICAL DEBATES BETWEEN ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS," containing speeces and documents of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, one of the most momentous events in US history, and which helped propel Lincoln to the presidency. This is copy #322 of 750 printed of this limited edition. Reared in a poor family on the western frontier, Lincoln was mostly self-educated. He became a country lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, and a one-term member of the United States House of Representatives, but failed in two attempts at a seat in the United States Senate. After opposing the expansion of slavery in the United States in his campaign debates and speeches, Lincoln secured the Republican nomination and was elected president in 1860. Following declarations of secession by southern slave states, war began on April 12, 1861, and he concentrated on both the military and political dimensions of the war effort, seeking to reunify the nation. He vigorously exercised unprecedented war powers, including the arrest and detention without trial of thousands of suspected secessionists. He prevented British recognition of the Confederacy by skillfully handling the Trent affair late in 1861. He issued his Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and promoted the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, abolishing slavery. Lincoln closely supervised the war effort, especially the selection of top generals, including commanding general Ulysses S. Grant. He brought leaders of various factions of his party into his cabinet and pressured them to cooperate. Under his leadership, the Union set up a naval blockade that shut down the South's normal trade, took control of the border slave states at the start of the war, gained control communications with gunboats on the southern river systems, and tried repeatedly to capture the Confederate capital at Richmond. Each time a general failed, Lincoln substituted another until finally Grant succeeded in 1865. An exceptionally astute politician deeply involved with power issues in each state, he reached out to War Democrats and managed his own re-election in the 1864 presidential election. Contents: Speech of Mr. Lincoln, at Springfield, June 17, 1858. -- Speech of Mr. Lincoln, at Chicago, July 10, 1858. -- Speech of Mr. Lincoln, at Springfield, July 17, 1858. -- Speech of Mr. Lincoln, at Columbus, Ohio, September 1859. -- Speech of Mr. Lincoln, at Cincinnati, Ohio, September, 1859. -- Speech of Mr. Douglas, at Chicago, July 9, 1858. -- Speech of Mr. Douglas, at Bloomington, July 16, 1858. -- Speech of Mr. Douglas, at Springfield, July 17, 1858. -- Correspondence between Messrs. Lincoln and Douglas, preliminary to the debates. -- First joint debate, at Ottawa, August 21, 1858. Mr. Douglas's opening speech ; Mr. Lincoln's reply ; Mr. Douglas's rejoinder. -- Second joint debate, at Freeport, August 27, 1858. Mr. Lincoln's opening speech ; Mr. Douglas's reply ; Mr. Lincoln's rejoinder. -- Antique volume is bound in tan cloth with printed paper spine label. Covers show soiling and loss of spine label. Binding is cracked at title page. Old signature and date of 1906 appear on front flyleaf. Pages are clean and without markings. Binding and text block are strong, all pages present. Bookseller Inventory # 140116

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Title: Political Debates Between Abraham Lincoln ...

Publisher: The Burrows Brothers Company, Cleveland

Publication Date: 1894

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good Plus.

Dust Jacket Condition: No DJ

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