1860 · Columbus
Documenting Lincoln and Douglas' rivalry for the 1858 U.S. Senate race, this title captures an important moment of flux for American politics. Just beginning his political career, the young Lincoln earned the Republican nomination right as the party was forming; and he already had proven himself "a leading figure because of his adroit and earnest dealing with the problem of slavery" (Oxford Companion). One of his great strenghts was his eloquence -- something Lincoln put on full display in these debates against Douglas, including the utterance of one of his most memorable lines, that "A house divided against itself cannot stand." Though Lincoln lost the Senate in 1858, he had managed to develop a national reputation and in 1860, the year of this book's release, would win the Presidency.
Monaghan 69. (Inventory #: 2741)