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Sectional Conflic2 - A house divided against itself cannot...

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Sectional Conflict Slavery, sectionalism sow seeds of war LINCOLN, DOUGLAS, AND BROWN Abraham Lincoln had long regarded slavery as an evil. As early as 1854 in a widely  publicized speech, he declared that all national legislation should be framed on the  principle that slavery was to be restricted and eventually abolished.  He contended also  that the principle of popular sovereignty was false, for slavery in the western territories  was the concern not only of the local inhabitants but of the United States as a whole. In 1858 Lincoln opposed Stephen A. Douglas for election to the U.S. Senate from  Illinois. In the first paragraph of his opening campaign speech, on June 17, Lincoln  struck the keynote of American history for the seven years to follow:
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Unformatted text preview: A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved – I do not expect the house to fall – but I do expect it will cease to be divided. Lincoln and Douglas engaged in a series of seven debates in the ensuing months of 1858. Senator Douglas, known as the "Little Giant," had an enviable reputation as an orator, but he met his match in Lincoln, who eloquently challenged Douglas’s concept of popular sovereignty. In the end, Douglas won the election by a small margin, but Lincoln had achieved stature as a national figure....
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