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On Lincoln's seminal speech which lead to the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates...

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July 06, 1857

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, July 6, 1857  

* Abraham Lincoln speech
* Springfield, Illinois
* Lincoln-Douglas debates prelude

Page 3 has nearly 2 columns taken up with a seminal report on Lincoln's political career. Lincoln had been in the audience when Stephen Douglas made his June 12 speech defending the Dred Scott Decision of 3 months prior. Lincoln gave a speech on June 26 in which he eloquently replied to Douglas, criticizing the Red Scot Decision, and also countering Douglas' thoughts on Kansas and the Mormon War in Utah.
Page 3 has over a column headed: "Lincoln's Reply to Douglas" with the author reporting on Lincoln's speech. This is followed by a report datelined: "Springfield, Ill., June 27, 1857" which begins: "The Hon. Ab. Lincoln opened his great speech here...in the hall of the House of Representatives. His speech was an answer to Senator Douglas...There was no rant--no fustian--no bombast, but there was something in it of more force & power than these; the heart Feld, and he gave utterance to the heart inspirations...Mr. Lincoln divided his subject Ito three heads..." and the balance of this half column article reports on Lincoln's speech.
It is generally believed that Lincoln's speech on June 26 propelled him toward his famous run for the Senate against Stephen Douglass the following year and gave rise to the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates.
Page 6 has reporting on the gangs of New York and the Dead Rabbits Riot of 1857.

Category: Pre-Civil War