Abraham Lincoln's "House Divided" Speech, Early New York Tribune Printing
New York Tribune, NY, July 3, 1858. 8pp, 17 x 22 in. This issue contains an early printing of one of Abraham Lincoln's greatest orations, the "House Divided" speech. Lincoln delivered the speech on June 16, 1858 when he accepted the Republican nomination for senator of Illinois against democrat Stephen A. Douglas. It circulated around the United States because it eloquently captured tensions between the North and South and conveyed the sense of urgency many Americans felt was necessary to retain the crumbling Union. Lincoln urged that the policy of popular sovereignty that Douglass vehemently supported was not the solution to the question of slavery. He believed that the United States must come to a unanimous decision or it would ultimately dissolve.
Some brittleness on the left margin of the paper other than that, it is in excellent condition.