Lincoln at Peoria : the turning point : getting right with the Declaration of Independence

To understand Abraham Lincoln, one must understand the extraordinary antislavery speech he 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, American history....

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Main Author: Lehrman, Lewis E.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, c2008.
Edition:1st ed.
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Table of Contents:
  • 1. ON THE ROAD TO THE SPRINGFIELD SPEECH. Lincoln and Douglas: the early years
  • Helping Congressman Yates
  • Preparation to fight Kansas-Nebraska
  • Senator Douglas returns to Illinois
  • Speeches and debates
  • Campaigning for free-soil
  • 2. SPRINGFIELD, PEORIA, AND BEYOND. On to Peoria
  • Peoria speech
  • The end of the 1854 debates
  • The end of the campaign
  • 3. THE KANSAS-NEBRASKA ACT: THE CONTEXT. Douglas's motives
  • Insertion of "inoperative and void"
  • The Chase appeal
  • The opposition
  • The Whigs
  • Pushing passage
  • Protesting passage
  • 4. THE PEORIA SPEECH: THE IDEAS AND ARGUMENTS. The Founders and the Declaration of Independence
  • National expansion and compromise
  • The Compromise of 1850
  • Popular sovereignty and slavery
  • Race and prejudice
  • Nationhood and Union
  • Principle and policy
  • 5. THE ROAD FROM PEORIA. Unintended consequences of Kansas-Nebraska
  • Election results and realignment in Illinois
  • The 1854-1855 Senate campaign
  • Realignment and the Republican Party
  • Bleeding Kansas
  • The 1856 Bloomington Convention
  • 6. CHALLENGING "DRED SCOTT", THE SUPREME COURT, AND DOUGLAS
  • The Republican reaction
  • The 1858 senate campaign
  • The Lincoln-Douglas debates
  • The Presidential campaign
  • 7. PEORIA CHARACTERIZES THE LINCOLN PRESIDENCY. Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
  • Preserving the Union
  • Slavery and equality
  • Union, morality, and reality
  • The South
  • Douglas and Lincoln
  • The Bible and the world
  • 8. CODA
  • 9. THE PEORIA SPEECH AND THE HISTORIANS' RECORD
  • Full text of speech at Peoria, Illinois
  • Milestones in the lives of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas.