Selections from the writings of Abraham Lincoln

Paperback | January 11, 2012

byAbraham Lincoln

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1922. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... II FIGHTING THE EXTENSION OF SLAVERY In this second period of his life, Lincoln devoted practically all his time and thought to opposing the extension of slavery into the territories of the United States. With slavery where it already existed he did not quarrel. Believing that it was a great evil, he nevertheless was convinced that under the Constitution of the United States it was entitled to protection. But quite different was his attitude as regarded its spread. It was to him more than a political question, and he never overlooked its possibilities in that respect; it was a moral question of the highest importance, and to the contest he gave all the strength that he had. In the contest he grew and developed more rapidly than he had ever done. By the Ordinance of 1787, providing for the government of the Northwest Territory, it was provided that1 "there shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in the said Territory, otherwise than in punishment of crimes, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted." As a result, the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin were free of slavery. In 1803 the United States purchased Louisiana, in part of which slavery already existed. Louisiana was admitted as a slave state in 1812, and in 1818 the people of Missouri petitioned Congress to be admitted as a slave state. In the North great opposition developed, and the House of Representatives and Senate were at a deadlock, the former insisting upon admission only upon the condition of the gradual emancipation of slaves, and the latter insisting that it should be a slave state. Finally, upon the suggestion of Senator Thomas of Illinois, Missouri was admitted as a slave state, but in all the rest of the Louisiana Purchase, north of 36° 30', whi...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1922. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... II FIGHTING THE EXTENSION OF SLAVERY In this second period of his life, Lincoln devoted practically all his time and thought to oppos...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:130 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.28 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217992048

ISBN - 13:9780217992046

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