Lincoln was running for Senator. President Lincoln implemented some very effective arguments and rhetorical devices to create a hypnotic sway in his speech. It is apparent that Lincoln had a mastery of the English language; and consequently, this speech has been recognized as one of the most masterfully crafted speeches in American history.
With the help of several prominent abolitionists, Dred Scott, a slave, had presented a suit for his freedom on the grounds that after residing in a free state for a fixed period of years, he could not legally be restored to a state of slavery as per the terms of the Missouri Compromise.
In a decision, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney explained that as a slave, Scott had no rights under the Constitution, and thus no liberty to present a case in a Federal court. Further, since slaves were property, and since the Fifth Amendment spelled out that no person could be deprived of "life, liberty or property without due process of the law," the Federal government was powerless to prohibit the practice of slavery anywhere in the Union.
The Dred Scott decision proved a serious blow to the abolitionists, and a seemingly incontrovertible victory for the south. Further, it appeared to undermine the Kansas-Nebraska Act, for in the assertion that the federal government was powerless to deprive an individual of his property, the corresponding powerlessness of a state government seemed implicit.
While Stephen Douglas desperately attempted to reconcile the Dred Scott decision with his principle of popular sovereignty, Lincoln prepared to face off against him in the Senate election.
Upon gaining the Republican nomination in July, Lincoln made a forceful speech at the Illinois statehouse in Springfield, speaking ominously of the task before the nation.
Douglas, although more influential in Washington than ever before, recognized the formidable challenge that Lincoln presented to him back in Illinois.
He is as honest as he is shrewd, and if I beat him my victory will be hardly won. Douglas accepted, and the rest is history. Throughout the summer and early autumn, the two men met on seven separate occasions, making lengthy, impassioned speeches in front of large, enthusiastic crowds ranging upwards of fifteen thousand.
After each debate, the press would relay the highlights back east, and readers nationwide followed the progress of the campaign as it unfolded.Voices of Democracy 6 (): ABRAHAM LINCOLN, "A HOUSE DIVIDED": SPEECH AT SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS (16 JUNE ) David Zarefsky Northwestern University Abstract: Abraham Lincoln's "House Divided" speech was not a prediction of civil war but a carefully crafted response to the political situation in.
The title reflects part of the speech's introduction, "A house divided against itself cannot stand," a concept familiar to Lincoln's audience as a statement by Jesus recorded in all . The House Divided Speech was an address given by Abraham Lincoln, later President of the United States, on June 16, at what was then the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, after he had accepted the Illinois Republican .
The title reflects part of the speech's introduction, "A house divided against itself cannot stand," a concept familiar to Lincoln's audience as a statement by Jesus recorded in all three synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke). House Divided” Essay Discuss the relevance today of Abraham Lincoln’s statement, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Abraham Lincoln’s statement in his speech that “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” is an extremely true statement that is as relevant today as it was when he originally stated it in The House Divided Speech was addressed by Abraham Lincoln on June He delivered the speech upon his acceptance of Illinois Republican Party’s nomination as the senator of the state.