During the most dividing and famous part of our history, politicians Stephen Douglass and Abraham Lincoln vied for a spot in the Senate. They debated on issues the United States was divided over such as slavery and popular sovereignty. These famous debates are representative of Lincoln's rise in fame as a politician.
"Well, it seems to me that the Founding Fathers designed it that way, and that the country has not only survived in this condition, but has grown."
"A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this Government cannot endure permanently half Slave and half Free."
First Debate: Ottawa, Ilinois August 21 1858
''I hold that a negro is not and never ought to be a citizen of the United States. "
Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope."
Second Debate: Freeport, Illinois August 27 1858
"I am now speaking of rights under the Constitution, and not of moral or religious rights."
Third Debate: Jonesboro, Illinois September 15 1858
We seek not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow those who would prevert it.