Quotes[ edit ] "A house divided against itself cannot stand. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved—I do not expect the house to fall—but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.
Visit our other Lehrman Sites: He is stumping the state, everywhere present and everywhere appealing to his old lieges to stand by him. Never did feudal baron fight more desperately against the common superior of himself and his retainers. His senatorial nomination has sent him to the field, and he is working with an energy and zeal which counter-balance the spirit and dogged resolution of his opponent.
Lincoln is battling for the right and Douglas is desperately struggling to save himself from utter political ruin. He is losing strength daily, while Lincoln is surely gaining upon him.
This was itself an unusual occurrence in an era when Senate candidates were elected by State Legislatures and parties seldom declared their candidates in advance.
I recollect well the famous speech by Mr. Lincoln in the evening in the old hall of the House of Representatives.
I was stopping at the Chenery House, and some time before the meeting I saw Mr. Lincoln appeared he was received with the most tumultuous applause. The speech which he made on that occasion is so full of meaning, so fraught with prophecy, so keen in its analysis, so irresistible in its logic, so profoundly intelligent concerning the politics of the time, and, withal, so condensed in the expression of every part, that no proper idea can be given of it through any description or abbreviation.
It must be given entire.
If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it. We are now far into the fifth year, since a policy was initiated, with the avowed object, and confident promise, of putting an end to slavery agitation.
Under the operation of that policy, that agitation has not only, not ceased, but has constantly augmented. In my opinion, it will not cease, until a crisis shall have been reached, and passed.
I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. Lincoln delivered was more prophetic than reportorial. It recognized the hardening lines between northern and southern opinion and the unwillingness to compromise.
Lincoln biographer Ida Tarbell wrote: It forced Douglas to do exactly what he did not want to do in Illinois: Lincoln would not allow him to bask for an instant in the sun of that revolt.
The grave peril he so clearly pointed out came home to the people of the North almost with the force of a revolution; and thereafter their eyes were fixed upon the Illinois senatorial campaign with undivided attention.
It was too radical. Many Republicans deprecated the advanced ground he had taken, the more so as the Democrats rejoiced that it afforded them an issue clear and well-defined. Numbers of his friends distant from Springfield, on reading his speech, wrote him censorious letters; and one well-informed co-worker Leonard Swett predicted his defeat, charging it to the first ten lines of the speech.
These complaints, coming apparently from every quarter, Lincoln bore with great patience. If we expect to maintain our liberties, we must preserve the rights and sovereignty of States; we must maintain and carry out that great principle of self-government incorporated in the compromise measures of ; indorsed by the Illinois Legislature in ; emphatically embodied and carried out in the Kansas-Nebraska bill, and vindicated this year by the refusal to bring Kansas into the Union with a Constitution distasteful to her people.
Lincoln a year earlier: Lincoln in his speech consists in a crusade against the Supreme Court of the United States on account of the Dred Scott decision.
On this question, also, I desire to say to you unequivocally, that I take direct and distinct issue with him.Abraham Lincoln, House Divided Speech “Douglas is working like a lion. He is stumping the state, everywhere present and everywhere appealing to his old lieges to stand by him.
Never did feudal baron fight more desperately against the common superior Read more ›. Study guide and teaching aid for Abraham Lincoln: House Divided Speech featuring document text, summary, and expert commentary.
Lincoln introduces the "house divided" theme in the first section of his speech to illustrate just how bad the situation was in America. He flat-out says that, soon, the U.S. will either allow or ban slavery everywhere meaning those anti-slavery Republicans in the audience may have to put up with slavery in their neighborhood.
Oct 29, · Watch video · “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” he declared. Lincoln’s forecast was a statement of what would be known as the irrepressible conflict doctrine.
The title reflects part of the speech's introduction, "A house divided against itself cannot stand," a concept familiar to Lincoln's audience as a statement by Jesus recorded in all three synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke).
Even Lincoln's friends regarded the speech as too radical for the occasion. The House Divided Speech was an address given by Abraham Lincoln, later President of the United States, on June 16, at what was then the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, after he had accepted the Illinois Republican Party's nomination as that state's US senator.