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By Willard Sterne Randall

Historians rank Abraham Lincoln as one in every of America's maximum presidents, having led the state in the course of the slaughter and sorrow of the Civil battle. he's additionally one in every of history's such a lot tragic figures, wasting his lifestyles to an assassin's bullet simply days after reaching his long-sought victory at the battlefield. the following, during this short-form e-book through historians Willard Sterne Randall and Nancy Nahra, is Lincoln's inspiring and heartbreaking tale.

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Whereas Lincoln considered slavery “a moral, a social, and a political wrong,” Douglas evaded the issue of morality. Lincoln, in turn, continued to avoid what might be considered a too-radical public stance. At Charleston, Illinois, on September 18, he rejected the notion of blacks being equal to whites. Nevertheless, Douglas appealed to moderate Illinoisans, who considered Lincoln and his supporters excessively antislavery. In the end, in the crucial 1858 legislative races in Illinois, Lincoln’s Republican candidates got more votes than Democrats won.

The following spring, he joined a cousin and a stepbrother aboard another flatboat - this one loaded with corn, live hogs, and barrels of pork – bound again for New Orleans. Denton Offutt, who owned a general store, advanced the money for the journey. He later hired Lincoln to work as a clerk in a new store in New Salem, Illinois, twenty miles northwest of Springfield. For six years, Lincoln made his home in this village of dirt streets and cabins built around a mill, a cooperage, a wool-carding shop, and a few small stores.

S. senator in February 1855, the popular Lincoln, now known as the leader of Illinois’ anti-Kansas-Nebraska Act free soilers, led on the first six ballots. But then Lincoln’s support dwindled, and he threw his backing to Lyman Trumbull, an anti-Kansas-Nebraska Act Democrat, who went on to win. The old Whig Party that Lincoln had supported for thirty-four years was dying, irreparably split over the slavery issue. In February 1856, Lincoln attended a meeting of anti-Kansas-Nebraska Act newspaper editors.

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