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Abraham Lincoln's Cooper Union Speech (1860)locked

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For Abraham Lincoln the road to the Oval Office was not an easy one Initially regarded as a poor choice for his party s nomination an unknown quantity the lesser of more forward thinking men Lincoln was forced to run a dark horse campaign during which he was able to reap the benefits of his relative lack of political experience While his more tested opponents had to swim against the tide of their own careers Lincoln was able to focus himself entirely on his campaign He had few enemies within government and the moderation of many of his views particularly those having to do with slavery appealed to voters in the North and West Still catching the eye of the electorate was one thing convincing it to elect him president of the United States quite another When Lincoln faced his audience at the Cooper Union in New York City on ...

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