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On the day after the Quincy debate, both Lincoln and Douglas got aboard the City, of Louisiana and sailed down the Mississippi River to Alton, for the final encounter of the campaign. Looking haggard with fatigue, Douglas opened the debate on October 15 in a voice so hoarse that in the early part of the speech he could scarcely be heard. After briefly reviewing the standard arguments over which he and Lincoln had differed since the beginning of the campaign, he made the peculiar decision to devote most of his speech to a detailed defense of his course on Lecompton. He concluded with a rabble-rousing attack on the racial views he attributed to Republicans and an announcement "that the signers of the Declaration of Independence...did not mean negro, nor the savage Indians, nor the Fejee islanders, nor any other barbarous race," when they issued that document.

In his reply Lincoln said he was happy to ignore Douglas's long account of his feud with the Buchanan administration; he felt like the put-upon wife in an old jestbook, who stood by as her husband struggled with a bear, saying, "Go it, husband!-Go it bear!" Once again he went through his standard answers to Douglas's charges against him and the Republican party. Recognizing that at Alton he was addressing "an audience, having strong sympathies southward by relationship, place of birth, and so on," he tried explain why it was so important to keep slavery out of Kansas and other national territories. This was land needed "for an outlet for our surplus., population"; this was land where "white men may find a home"; this was "an outlet for free white people every where, the world over-in which Hans, and Baptiste and Patrick, and all other men from all the world, may find new homes and better conditions in their lives.

And that brought him again to what he perceived as "the real issue in this controversy," which once more he defined as a conflict "on the part of one class that looks upon the institution of slavery as a wrong, and of another class that does not look upon it as a wrong." Rising to the oratorical high point in the entire series of debates, he told the Alton audience: "That is the issue that will continue in this country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be silent. it is the eternal struggle between these two principles--right and wrong--throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time; and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings."

With a brief rejoinder by Douglas, the debates were ended. After that both candidates made a few more speeches to local rallies, but everybody realized that the campaign was over, and the decision now lay with the voters.

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Tom Bedell, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Tom Bedell)
After trudging through bios of Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce and Buchanan in my Presidential reading project, it would clearly have been a relief to read almost anything about Lincoln. But Donald's "Lincoln" is more than a mere oasis. It's almost compulsively readable, and free of undue analysis, since Donald pretty much tells the story from Lincoln's POV--what he knew and reacted to in his own time.
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rox.castill, November 3, 2006 (view all comments by rox.castill)
This book is actually interesing. Its long, but if you get throught the first chapter you will find yourself not wanting to put it down. David Donald sems to have written the most accurate book of Lincoln that has ever been written. I do recommend it.
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ISBN:
9780684825359
Author:
Donald, David Herbert
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Simon & Schuster
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New York, NY :
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General
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Literary
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Biography
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Historical - U.S.
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History & Theory
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Lincoln, abraham, 1809-1865
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Government and political science
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History, theory and practice
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Presidents
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Presidents & Heads of State
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Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
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Lincoln, Abraham
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Presidents -- United States.
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Biography-Historical
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Abraham Lincoln, President, Illinois senator, Illinois lawyer, Civil War, Gettysburg Address, slavery, abolition, thirteenth ammendment, mary todd lincoln, seward, john wilkes booth, ford s theater, killing lincoln, manhunt, team of rivals, greatest presi
Subject:
Abraham Lincoln, President, Illinois senator, Illinois lawyer, Civil War, Gettysburg Address, slavery, abolition, thirteenth ammendment, mary todd lincoln, seward, john wilkes booth, ford s theater, killing lincoln, manhunt, team of rivals, greatest presi
Subject:
Abraham Lincoln, President, Illinois senator, Illinois lawyer, Civil War, Gettysburg Address, slavery, abolition, thirteenth ammendment, mary todd lincoln, seward, john wilkes booth, ford s theater, killing lincoln, manhunt, team of rivals, greatest presi
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Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
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B102
Series Volume:
105-64
Publication Date:
November 1996
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
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Y
Pages:
720
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 29.015 oz

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Product details 720 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780684825359 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The phenomenal national bestseller that is "the Lincoln biography for this generation" (Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.)--now in paperback. Drawing on resources not available until recently--including Lincoln's personal papers, archives, and newspaper reports--two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Herbert Donald presents a masterful account of Lincoln's rise to the presidency and the political and personal challenges he faced while in office.
"Synopsis" by , A masterful work by Pulitzer Prize–winning author David Herbert Donald, Lincoln is a stunning portrait of Abraham Lincoln’s life and presidency.

Donald brilliantly depicts Lincoln’s gradual ascent from humble beginnings in rural Kentucky to the ever-expanding political circles in Illinois, and finally to the presidency of a country divided by civil war. Donald goes beyond biography, illuminating the gradual development of Lincoln’s character, chronicling his tremendous capacity for evolution and growth, thus illustrating what made it possible for a man so inexperienced and so unprepared for the presidency to become a great moral leader. In the most troubled of times, here was a man who led the country out of slavery and preserved a shattered Union—in short, one of the greatest presidents this country has ever seen.

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