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Collaborators for EmancipationAbraham Lincoln and Owen Lovejoy$
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William F. Moore

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038464

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038464.001.0001

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Traversing Uneven Political Ground, 1855

Traversing Uneven Political Ground, 1855

(p.19) 2 Traversing Uneven Political Ground, 1855
Collaborators for Emancipation

William F. Moore

Jane Ann Moore

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines how Abraham Lincoln and Owen Lovejoy traversed an uneven political ground in 1855 to move their respective positions on slavery into almost perfect alignment. It first provides an overview of Lincoln and Lovejoy's political grounding before discussing the political agreement that would allow Lincoln to advance his candidacy for the U.S. Senate and for Lovejoy to find a venue to correct some intentional mischaracterizations of the early Republican Party in Illinois. It also considers the two men's speeches in which they both regarded the repeal of the Missouri Compromise as a big mistake; their contradictory perceptions of the abolitionists; and their disagreement over the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act. The chapter concludes with an assessment of the cautious approach taken by Lovejoy and others in uniting various antislavery groups.

Keywords:   slavery, Abraham Lincoln, Owen Lovejoy, political agreement, Republican Party, Missouri Compromise, abolitionists, Fugitive Slave Act, antislavery, Illinois

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