Newspapers became enterprising and sent their best writers to keep the contestants company. Lincoln faced off against Douglas in courtrooms, in the legislature, and in debate. Just after his first debate at Ottawa, Mr. Let me read a part of them. The sizes of districts varied wildly as a result of gerrymandering, in Illinois' case by Democrats, who dominated state politics. Lincoln accepted the validity of racial supremacy and denied that he had ever advocated or believed in political or social equality for Negroes. He was a born doer and when his restless spirit was confronted with a problem his first response was most frequently to take some form of positive action.
Lincoln removed his hat and held it in his hand as he took the seat assigned him. The Lecompton Constitution would provide statehood for Kansas with slavery protected there. Lincoln made a speech a few days after Mr. Lincoln was scheduled to speak at Monticello seven miles away later in the day. His early life was a difficult one in which he was somewhat more privileged than the average slave child, associating with white playmates through whose association he learned to read and play the violin , but also more stressful because he was separated totally from his family. Lincoln admitted frankly all the weak points in the position of his party in the most open way, and that simple honesty carried conviction with it. When I had finished, the President asked if Mr.
Today, the debates have achieved a mythic dimension, regarded as the ultimate exemplar of homegrown democracy, enacted by two larger-than-life political figures who brilliantly explicated the great issues of the day for gatherings of ordinary citizens. I account partially for his kindness to me because of the similarity with which I had fought my way up, we both starting at the lowest rung of the ladder. I soon found that my simple denial carried no weight against the imperious and emphatic style of his oratory. Whenever it has been limited to its present bounds, and there has been no effort to spread it, there has been peace. This would not change until the was passed in 1913, stating that the people will elect Senators.
Now, I hold that Illinois had a right to abolish and prohibit slavery as she did, and I hold that Kentucky has the same right to continue and protect slavery that Illinois had to abolish it. Lincoln was a formidable speaker — less flamboyant than himself but a practitioner of closer logic. He was a committed integrationist and a determined foe of colonization and emigration. I believe this Government was made on the white basis. Douglas a nationalist, an activist and an advocate for the development of the American Midwest and West. Indeed, Douglas is said to have courted Miss Todd during this period. In a gesture of friendship and conciliation, Douglas stepped forward to hold them for Lincoln.
He has probably split as many rails as I have made secretary and bureau cases. He had a warm spot in his heart for the regiment in which his sons were serving, and with pardonable parental pride he pointed out to the crowds who came to hear him that Charles and Lewis Douglass had been the first Empire State men to join the 54th. Douglass never wanted to be confined a particular role which white Northerners might want him to occupy. Douglas argued that both Whigs and Democrats believed in popular sovereignty and that the was an example of this. There was Douglas, young, pushing, aggressive; Douglas, the extrovert; Douglas, to whom thought and action were synonymous; Douglas, whose boundless self-confidence and teeming imagination propelled him at times toward greatness and at time to the brink of folly. In February 1860, Lincoln made his first major political appearance in the Northeast when he addressed a rally at the Cooper Union in New York.
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. Douglas accused Lincoln of wanting to overthrow state laws that excluded blacks from states such as Illinois, which were popular with the northern Democrats. Next day the Fusionists put forward Lincoln to answer him; and when Lincoln had spoken for nearly four hours, Douglas again took the stand and held his audience for an hour and a half longer. She was among the first to call upon Mrs. On a second ballot the gap between Seward and Lincoln narrowed, and Lincoln was subsequently nominated on the third ballot. A firm policy and prompt action was necessary.
The second thing is not merely the aptness, but the widening circles of implication for speculation in his metaphorical answer. His supporters were out shouted by opponents of the legislation. Douglas, the Know-Nothings, and the Democratic Party in Illinois, 1854-1858, Illinois Historical Journal, Summer 1994. This scrapbook of newspaper clippings were assembled and mounted by Lincoln as a manuscript for publication. He went with me from the Senate Chamber to the House of Representatives, of which I was then a member, and a small squad of Republicans gathered around him to hear him read the telegram. Lincoln and Judge Douglas were candidates for the United States Senate, and were making their celebrated campaign in Illinois, General McClellan was Superintendent of the Illinois Central Railroad, and favored the election of Judge Douglas. I got a seat near the door for Lincoln and myself.
Lincoln and Douglas were competing for the Illinois Senate seat - and at this time in American history U. Lincoln was the deeper thinker — more grounded in philosophy and ideas. These incidents led Douglas to agree to seven formal joint appearances which became known as the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. Abraham Lincoln correspondences and papers dealing with political climate of the time, Stephen Douglas, and the election of 1858. No doubt an ironic smile passed between them.
Lincoln saw the value of preserving the 1858 debates and wrote Henry C. I knew it was useless to reply till I could adduce such proof as would settle the question forever. The scene was a meeting of giants, a contest of great men; and the situation was dramatic in the extreme. Massachusetts now welcomes you as her soldiers. They were both principled pragmatists with a truly world view. Lincoln was more consistent in his political allegiances and political beliefs that Douglass.