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Excerpt from The Library of Historic Characters, Vol. 8 of 10: And Famous Events of All Nations and All Ages
Lincoln was recalled to political activity by the outbreak Of the national conﬂict over the extension Of slavery in the Territories. His rival, Senator Douglas, was the author of the kansas-nebraska Bill, by the passage Of which, in 1854, the barrier against the extension of Slavery had been broken down. Douglas, returning to Springfield, found he had lost favor with the people, and at the time of the State Fair pre sented his plausible reasons for the repeal of the Missouri Compromise. Lincoln announced that he would reply on the next day. His powerful argument, in a speech Of three hours, swayed the vast audience to his side. Douglas, attempting a reply, became excited and furious, and closed by announcing that he would continue his reply in the evening. He went on to Peoria, where he spoke for three hours in the afternoon. But Lincoln was on his trail, and followed with a three hours' speech in the evening, again carrying the audience with him. Douglas then proposed a truce, that they should both return home, and to this Lincoln agreed.
When Douglas was seeking reelection to the Senate, the Illinois State Republican Convention, held at Springfield.
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