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Building a New Party, a House Divided and the Lincoln Douglas Debates (1855-1858)
Unite With Us and Help Us to Triumph - Building the Illinois Republican Party (1855-1857)
Lincoln struggles to form a new party to take the place of the defunct Whig party. He has strong doubts that a peaceful end to slavery is possible. Joining with anti-slavery, anti-nativist forces, Lincoln launches the Republican Party of Illinois and the first Republican convention takes place. When the Dred Scott case is decided, Lincoln publicly denounces the court decision. His finest debates with Stephen A. Douglass take place and Lincoln calls into question the hypocrisy of the Southern disgust of race mixing, as the population of Southern mulattos dwarfed that of the north.

A House Divided Lincoln vs. Douglass (1857-1858)
Stephen Douglass vies for Republican support and begins to deny his affiliations with Democrats, stating that he had planned to curtail the spread of slavery geographically by building a railroad. Yet as late as 1858, Douglass wrote often of his belief, which had historical precedent, that blacks were not self-governing citizens and could not be granted passports

A David Greater than the Democratic Goliath -the Lincoln-Douglas Debates 1858
Despite Douglass being more popular than Lincoln, he lost many supporters due to strong and growing anti-slavery sentiments, a dwindling support from the Whig party, and a general dissatisfaction with the Democrat party. Douglass arrived well dressed for the debates with horse-drawn carriages and bands, whereas Lincoln would arrive quietly by train, and in very shabby clothing. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jim | 9/6/2012

    " Extraordinary detail. Not always an easy read but this biography brings Lincoln to life. Having read this before the Spielberg film, the Daniel Day-Lewis portrayal is impressive and rings true. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nikki | 3/30/2012

    " I read as much of it as I could before I had to return it. Brilliant book. The end all in Abraham Lincoln biographies. I will own it in the future for my personal library. It's a must have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sam | 9/20/2009

    " 5++ stars. the best and most complete portrait of Lincoln I've ever read. On a par with Caro's LBJ biography for pure illumination of a political mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Naomi | 8/7/2009

    " This book was really good and all encompassing. I think I gave it 3 stars simply for its' length and dedication of time that I needed to give it. It is really a behemouth of a book. "

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