Excerpt from Early Speeches of Abraham Lincoln, 1830-1860: "Lost Speech," Illinois Republican Convention, May 29, 1856; Excerpts From Newspapers and Other Sources
On the evening of May 29, 1856, in Bloomington, Ill., Abraham Lincoln made a speech that was remarkable in several ways: it was given ex tempore over a 90-minute period; it was an uninvited and unscheduled address; its passionate persuasion stunned its audience; it proved to be a turning point in Lincoln's political career.
And it helped to define and solidify the newly-organized Republican Party.
In sum, the speech was memorable, especially in one small detail: so transfixed was Lincoln's entire audience that not a single listener had the presence of mind to record exactly what it was that Lincoln said.
One day prior to Lincoln's performance a group of onetime Whigs, free-soilers, anti-nebraskans, Know Nothings, and abolitionist Democrats had gathered in Bloomington to discuss the grave political situation confronting the United States: thanks to the Democrat-controlled Congress and White House, the new territories of Kansas and Nebraska would now be open to the institution of slavery.
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