Political Debates Between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas

Political Debates Between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ... sale of liquor. So the absence of local legislation to encourage and support slave property in a Territory excludes it practically just as effectually as if there was a positive constitutional provision against it. Hence, I-assert that under the Dred Scott decision you cannot maintain slavery a day in a Territory where there is an unwilling people and unfriendly legislation. If the people are opposed to it, our right is a barren, worthless, useless right; and if they are for it, they will support and encourage it. We come right back, therefore, to the practical question, --If the people of a Territory Want slavery, they will have it; and if they do not want it, you cannot force it on them. And this is the practical question, the great principle, upon which our institutions rest. I am willing to take the decision of the Supreme Court as it was pronounced by that august tribunal, without stopping to inquire whether I would have decided that way or not. I have had many a decision made against me on questions oflaw which I did not like, but I was bound by them just as much as if I had had a hand in making them and approved them. Did you ever see a lawyer or a client lose his case that he approved the decision of the court? They always think the decision unjust when it is given against them. In a government of laws, like ours, we must sustain the Constitution as our fathers made it, and maintain the rights of the States as they are guaranteed under the Constitution; and then we will have peace and harmony between the different States and sections of this glorious Union. FOURTH JOINT DEBATE, AT CHARLESTON. Sarrnusaa 18, 1858. MR. LINCOLN'S SPEECH. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: It will be very difiicult for an audience so large as this to hear...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236844599
  • 9781236844590