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Surname 1 Name Professor Class Date of Submission Abraham Lincoln Charleston Debate The Lincoln and Douglas debates of 1858 came at a time when slavery and social equality were contentious issues in the country. At the time of the debate, the country was divided into two parts; the north that opposed slavery and the south that opposed any measures to abolish it. Lincoln devotes his speech to the threat of expansion of slavery in the United States. He is concerned that the southern states continue to use slaves whereas the Constitution guarantees their freedom. He is concerned by the fact that Douglas wants slavery laws to rest with state legislatures. From the excerpt, Lincoln desists from encouraging equality in the country. In fact, he supports that fact that races are not equal, and the white race should reign supreme. In essence, Lincoln says that equality cannot be attained without upsetting the social balance, which could have more adverse effects. He asserts that the ethnic differences between whites and black is
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