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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