The Long Pursuit: Abraham Lincoln's Thirty-Year Struggle with Stephen Douglas for the Heart and Soul of America

In this compelling narrative, popular historian Roy Morris, Jr., expertly bargains a brand new attitude on of America's so much towering politicians and the serious own competition that remodeled either them and the country they sought to steer at the hours of darkness days major as much as the Civil War.

For the higher a part of 20 years, Stephen Douglas was once the main well-known and arguable flesh presser within the usa, a veritable "steam engine in britches." Abraham Lincoln used to be simply Douglas's such a lot continual rival inside their followed domestic country of Illinois, identified as a rule for his droll humorousness, undesirable jokes, and a bit nutty wife.

But from the time they first set foot within the Prairie country within the early 1830s, Lincoln and Douglas have been fated to be political rivals. The lengthy Pursuit tells the dramatic tale of the way those extensively diverse contributors rose to the head rung of yank politics, and the way their own competition formed and changed the way forward for the state in the course of its so much convulsive period. certainly, had it no longer been for Douglas, who served as Lincoln's own goad, velocity horse, and measuring stick, there might were no Lincoln-Douglas debates in 1858, no Lincoln presidency in 1860, and maybe no Civil struggle six months later. For either men—and for the kingdom itself—the stakes have been that high.

Not only a close political examine, The lengthy Pursuit is additionally a compelling examine the private facet of politics at the rough-and-tumble western frontier. It exhibits us a extra human Lincoln, a bare-knuckles baby-kisser who used to be no longer above buying and selling on his wildly faulty snapshot as a humble "rail-splitter," while he was once, in truth, one of many nation's such a lot winning railroad legal professionals. and because the first wide biographical learn of Stephen Douglas in additional than 3 a long time, the ebook offers a long-overdue reassessment of 1 of the 19th century's extra compelling and finally tragic figures, the one-time "Little monstrous" of yankee politics.

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These police rules can simply be proven through the neighborhood legislature, and if the folk are against slavery they'll pick representatives to that physique who will via unfriendly laws efficaciously hinder the creation of it into their midst. ”10 Douglas’s reaction turned famous—or notorious, based upon one’s views—as the “Freeport Doctrine. ” A legend grew in Lincoln circles that their candidate had brilliantly trapped his opponent into creating a deadly mistake. a few even claimed that Lincoln was once watching for the presidential election years later and had designed the query as a manner of alienating Douglas from southern Democrats and splitting the get together. “I am after higher game,” Lincoln supposedly stated on the time. Such an overelaborate idea ignores the truth that Lincoln had requested Douglas a similar query in Chicago 4 months prior, and Republican newspapers were hammering away on the similar aspect for months. At any cost, Douglas’s status may perhaps scarcely fall a lot decrease within the South, and it used to be the Senate seat in Illinois that he was once after. nonetheless, Douglas was once sufficiently unnerved through Lincoln’s query to fall again instantly at the race card, reminding the viewers that the final time he have been in Freeport he had noticeable black abolitionist Frederick Douglass using via city in a complicated carriage with a white girl. “If you Black Republicans imagine that the Negro must be on a social equality with younger other halves and daughters, and experience within the carriage with the spouse whereas the grasp of the carriage drives the staff, you will have an ideal correct to do so,” acknowledged Douglas. “All i've got bought to assert on that topic is that this, these of you who think that the nigger is your equivalent, and should be on an equality with you socially, politically and legally, have a correct to entertain these critiques, and naturally will vote for Mr. Lincoln. ” Such overt racism was once a section excessive, even for Douglas. It was once no longer a lot that he was once a racist (by smooth criteria, anyway), yet that, like a lot of white the US a century and a part in the past, he easily couldn't envision blacks in whatever like an equivalent function. however, it mirrored poorly on what Martin Luther King, in one other context, could time period “the content material of his personality. ” Frederick Douglass, for his half, entertained the opinion that “no guy of his time has performed greater than [Douglas] to accentuate hatred of the Negro. ”11 From Freeport, the applicants descended into the southernmost a part of the country, nicknamed Egypt after its best-known city, Cairo (pronounced, frontier-style, Kay-Ro). Jonesboro, the location of the 3rd debate on September 15, was once secure territory for Douglas and the Democrats—Republican nominee John C. Frémont had gained lower than four percentage of the vote within the final presidential election—but it used to be additionally so remoted that in simple terms 800 humans lived there. additional miserable the turnout was once the truth that the nation reasonable was once below manner in within reach Centralia, and plenty of neighborhood farmers opted to view sizeable rutabagas and fattened hogs rather than extra prosaic senatorial applicants.

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