Tuesday, June 16, 2009

House Divided Speech

June 16, 1858- Political Newcomer Abraham Lincoln beginning his campaign for the Illinois US senate seat, addressed the Republican State Convention at Springfield, Il and made a controversial speech that has come to be known as the House Divided speech. Attacking the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, Lincoln said,"A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved; I do not expect the house to fall; but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other".

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