The Political Lincoln part two

Prominence Leading to the Presidency

Lincoln took a stand when Senator Stephen Douglas created the Kansas-Nebraska Act which relied on popular sovereignty to determine if a state were slave or free. This Act nullified the Missouri Compromise where no state above a certain line could enter the Union a slave state. Soon Lincoln gave a famous speech with the line “A house divided against itself cannot stand” (Keneally, 2003, p. 67). Lincoln was now running against Douglas for the Senate and began a crusade to defeat him. Lincoln challenged Douglas to a series of debates. Abe went on the offensive and attacked Douglas’s idea of popular sovereignty in the debates and in other speeches and events. The Democrats won the Senate race, but Abraham gained even more notoriety and following based on his strong principles. (Keneally, 2003)

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Neal Huffman, a Certified Commercial Contracts Manager, helps organizations achieve success by managing their procurement, sales, and other business transactions. Currently, he continues to pursue best practices in dealings for telecommunications companies by leveraging his transactional acumen. He received an ABA-approved Paralegal Certificate from Denver Paralegal Institute and earned his Master of Professional Studies degree from the University of Denver. Placing a high value on the principles of teaching and learning, Neal enjoys sharing knowledge with students at the Community College of Aurora as an adjunct faculty under the Paralegal Program. He is active in the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association, Toastmasters International, the Art of Networking, South Denver Career Transition Workshop, and volunteer activities in his local community. Panglossian, and a believer in Kaizen, Neal endeavors to persevere. His contact information is available at

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