Where Was Abraham Lincoln Born? | Wonderopolis
Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents
I believe this Government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free." Lincoln engaged Douglas on this premise in seven face-to-face debates, and even though he was defeated in his Senate bid, his central focus of the debates (slavery) and the passion with which he argued the moral ramifications gave Lincoln a national following and his election to the presidency in 1860.()For years, pro-slavery extremists had threatened secession if the free states put them in a "one-down" power arrangement.
Abraham Lincoln Biography – 16th U.S
Abraham Lincoln was a pragmatist in the use of power. Winston Churchill wrote that Lincoln was “anxious to keep the ship on an even keel and steer a steady course, he may lean all his weight now on one side and now on the other. His arguments in each case when contrasted can be show to be not only very different in character, but contradictory in spirit and opposite in direction; yet his object will throughout have remained the same…we cannot call this inconsistency. The only way a man can remain consistent amid changing circumstances is to change with them while preserving the same dominating purpose.”1