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A black man unquestionably had every bit as much right to enjoy the fruits of his labor as a white man did, Lincoln emphasized. In the end, because of an outdated system for apportioning seats in the Illinois legislature, Douglas kept his Senate seat, even though Republican candidates actually received more votes than Democratic ones. ) Nonetheless, the seven Lincoln – Douglas debates, which were covered by major national newspapers, showcased Lincoln’s political talents and brought him to the attention of Americans far beyond Illinois’s borders.

Q 6/19/03 11:07 PM Page 31 A SELF-MADE MAN boy and rail-splitter into a successful lawyer and legislator and the husband of a woman whose family represented the height of Springfield society. Now Abraham Lincoln was turning his attention to his nation’s capital—and the next chapter in his remarkable ascent. C. S. annexation of Texas, which had won its independence from Mexico in 1836. By the time Lincoln arrived in the capital, American troops had won a string of victories. With the end of the Mexican – American War in sight, President James Polk announced that as restitution for starting the war, Mexico must hand over the huge provinces of California and New Mexico.

Once trusted by slaveholders, Douglas had gravely offended them when he stated in one of his debates with Lincoln that slavery, which Southerners liked to think of as a humane institution, could not exist “a day or an hour anywhere” without the rigorous backing of the local police. ” They printed handbills and organized big parades and rallies to promote their man, but Lincoln himself stayed at home in Springfield in keeping with the long-standing custom that presidential candidates did not campaign for themselves.

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