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Lincoln steps upon the national stage: The Cooper Union speech...
Item # 689285
February 28, 1860
THE NEW YORK HERALD, Feb. 28, 1860
* Abraham Lincoln address
* Cooper Institute Union speech
* New York City
Page 2 has 2 full columns devoted to coverage of this famous speech and pg. 3 has nearly 2 1/2 columns with this continuing text, all of which is headed: "THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN" "Another Republican Orator on the Stump" "Speech of the Hon. Abraham Lincoln of Illinois".
At this point Lincoln had not declared himself a presidential candidate, and this was his first opportunity to establish his platform before an eastern audience, to strike a blow against slavery and for his own political future.
The significance of this speech is such that a book recently written was titled " Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President" by Harold Holzer. This issue not only gives the complete, lengthy text of this significant speech but has prefacing comments & also reports on the events following Lincoln completing his speech, which notes: "...Mr. Lincoln then bowed & retired amid the loud & uproarious applause of his hearers--nearly every man rising spontaneously & cheering with the full power of their lungs...".
An extremely significant newspaper reporting this signal event in the life of Abraham Lincoln, cementing his ties to the Oval Office and the fate of the country during the tumultuous Civil War.
Complete in 8 pages, very nice condition. Only a few portions of this lengthy text are shown in the photos below. This is one of the most desired Lincoln events & rarely do we have such a newspaper to offer.
Category: Pre-Civil War