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Abraham Lincoln: A Life 1855-1858 - Building a New Party, a House Divided and the Lincoln Douglas Debates

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Publishers Weekly describes this book as "the most meticulously researched Lincoln biography ever written. Burlingame's Lincoln comes alive as the author unfolds vast amounts of new research while breathing new life into familiar stories. It is the essential title for the bicentennial." Publishers Weekly also notes, "The book need not be heard in one sitting. Each part stands alone." Now Gildan Media brings to you, chapter by chapter, what Doris Kearns Goodwin calls a "...profound and masterful portrait."
Building a New Party, a House Divided and the Lincoln Douglas Debates ( 1855-1858)
"Unite With Us and Help Us to Triumph" - Building the Illinois Republican Party ( 1855-1857)
Lincoln struggles to form a new party to take the place of the defunct Whig party.
"A House Divided" Lincoln vs. Douglass (1857-1858)
Stephen Douglass vies for Republican support and begins to deny his affiliations with Democrats, stating that he had planned to curtail the spread of slavery geographically by building a railroad.
"A David Greater than the Democratic Goliath" -the Lincoln-Douglas Debates 1858
Despite Douglass being more popular than Lincoln, he lost many supporters due to strong and growing anti-slavery sentiments, a dwindling support from the Whig party, and a general dissatisfaction with the Democrat party.
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