September 2010
Rhetoric & Public Affairs;Fall2010, Vol. 13 Issue 3, p421
Academic Journal
In the House Divided Speech, Lincoln warned that the country was tending toward nationwide slavery because of the work of a conspiracy in which Stephen Douglas was involved. A close reading of the speech text reveals how Lincoln sought to establish this seemingly outlandish claim and how doing so responded to the volatile nature of Illinois politics in 1858. Th e speech placed Lincoln in a position that enabled him to begin his rise to national prominence.


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