Prelude to Greatness: Lincoln in the 1850's

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Stanford University Press, 1962 - History - 205 pages
" . . . [The] paperback edition of Professor Fehrenbacher's study, first published in 1962, of Lincoln in the 1850s is a welcome reminder of what can be achieved by a fresh and searching investigation of often-asked questions. . . . The book is lucidly and soberly written, and full of carefully considered argument. It is one more major contribution to the work of putting the slavery issue back where it has always belonged--at the very centre--of any discussion of the origins of the Civil War."--Journal of American Studies





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"To say that e~this is just another Lincoln book' would be to demean a significant contribution with a well-worn cliche. This is an outstanding book; we need more like it."--The American Historical Review





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"Enjoyable reading for the general reader, student, and scholar of Lincoln literature."--The Booklist





"This is a Lincoln book which belongs in every library and Lincoln collection."--Lincoln Herald





"Masterly little book."--The Times Literary Supplement





"It is refreshing to discover once again that a book does not have to be ponderous to be significant. . . . Fehrenbacher has added quantitatively to our knowledge, but more especially to our understanding, of this exciting and fateful period in American history. . . . One of the finest contributions to Illinois history to appear in a long, long time."--Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society





"Professor Fehrenbacher has demonstrated that subjects even as fully studied as the Lincoln theme can still benefit from diligent and judicious contemplation."--Civil War History

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Contents

Illinois and Lincoln in the 1850s
1
Lincoln and the Formation of the Republican Party
19
The Senatorial Nomination
48
The Origins and Purpose of the House Divided Speech
70
A New Look at the Great Debates
96
The Famous Freeport Question
121
The Path to the Presidency
143
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