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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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Disenchanting the Nation of Slavery, 1860

Disenchanting the Nation of Slavery, 1860

(p.90) 7 Disenchanting the Nation of Slavery, 1860
Collaborators for Emancipation

William F. Moore

Jane Ann Moore

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines Abraham Lincoln and Owen Lovejoy's continued antislavery campaign and how they finally attained political power with Lincoln's election as the sixteenth president of the United States in 1860. In Illinois, Lincoln had learned to harness various political forces and pull them together, but he knew he needed more national exposure if he was to win the presidency as a compromise candidate from a necessary state. Like Lincoln, Lovejoy sought wider national recognition. This chapter first discusses Lincoln's speech at Cooper Union in New York City on February 27, 1860, in which he defended the Republican position with regard to slavery. It then considers Lovejoy's Barbarism of Slavery speech in Congress on April 5, 1860, along with the nomination of Lincoln as the Republican presidential candidate for that year's elections. It also looks at the campaigns in support of Lincoln, with particular emphasis on the roles played by Lovejoy and the Wide Awakes, and concludes with an assessment of Lincoln's victory.

Keywords:   elections, Abraham Lincoln, Owen Lovejoy, antislavery, Illinois, slavery, Barbarism of Slavery speech, Wide Awakes

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