Abraham Lincoln, fragment of draft of "House Divided" speech, ca. December 1857

In this fragment, Abraham Lincoln offers an early formulation of the ideas that he would advance in his speech accepting the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in 1858. Invoking the famous biblical words, "A house divided against itself cannot stand," he argued that there was a conspiracy to make slavery lawful "in all the States, old as well as new -- North as well as South."

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