Lincoln-Hamlin Ticket for
President & Vice President. Lincoln's Cooper-Union speech
brought him to national prominence
here to read about the speech.
Abraham Lincoln's political
career mostly occurred in Illinois. He would win a seat in the
Illinois State General Assembly as Representative, a seat as U.S.
Representative, and ran for U.S. Senate, losing to Stephen Douglas.
He started out as a Whig party member, and would later help to start
the new Republican party. Lincoln was self-educated, and at
New Salem worked on improving his grammar, including speaking and
Lincoln wrote and provided three different autobiographies. Read
Answer the questions.
You can follow a great
timeline of Lincoln's political career
. . . THE
POLITICS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
DURING THE CIVIL WAR
After futile pleas
to the border states to free slaves voluntarily, Lincoln in the
summer of 1862 decided that emancipation was a military and
political necessity. The Emancipation Proclamation transformed the
war from a conflict to save the Union to a war to abolish slavery.
It authorized the enlistment of African Americans; 220,000 served
during the war, helping to ensure the destruction of slavery. This
was the big political event during the Civil War.
Political Consequences of War Time
President Lincoln would be
elected to a second term against a popular George McClellan (former
general under Lincoln). Read what Mary Todd
Lincoln thought of this General in her 4-page letter to her husband.
"Lincoln Fires McClellan"
Study how Abraham Lincoln could maintain the
leadership to "cause" all these great political events to occur.
The Civil War was not popular with all people, and when conscription
(the draft) was initiated, many citizens up-roared and protested.
Lincoln and the Union Army remained on-task and would of course win
the war. Just looking at the figures of killed soldiers on both
sides, this war had more American deaths than any war before or
Take each of the three
important political accomplishments listed above and complete the
[Use the links above to read about
each and answer the questions]
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|Lincoln Fires McClellan
Baldwin's article for answers to these questions
1. Abe's first political party affiliation was with what party?
2. Who was Lincoln's main political opponent--from Illinois?
3. How many times did Abe run for office and lose?
4. What offices did Lincoln win?
5. Lincoln became a leader of a brand new political party. What
name of the party?
6. How did Abraham Lincoln get support of the whole nation when he ran
President? (there was no TV or Internet--only newspapers in the
7. Lincoln's political party became the party that was most
in ending an American institution. What was the institution?
At the Cooper
Union Hall, Lincoln gave a great speech, that got him national
attention. What else did this speech cause to happen to him?
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