In the Name of the People: Speeches and Writings of Lincoln and Douglas in the Ohio Campaign of 1859

In the Name of the People: Speeches and Writings of Lincoln and Douglas in the Ohio Campaign of 1859

In the Name of the People: Speeches and Writings of Lincoln and Douglas in the Ohio Campaign of 1859

In the Name of the People: Speeches and Writings of Lincoln and Douglas in the Ohio Campaign of 1859

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Last year, the University of Chicago Press, under the auspices of the Chicago Historical Society, published a handsome centennial edition of The Complete Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858, edited by the eminent scholar Paul M. Angle. The new edition is much more than a reprint of the speeches: it is a documentary account of the entire campaign that enables us to witness the debates in their living context. Only in one item does it fall below its 1860 predecessor: it omits Douglas' speech of July 16, 1858, at Bloomington, at which Lincoln was present, and which must have been very much in Lincoln's mind when he prepared his own speech for delivery at Springfield the next day.

It is not a defect of Professor Angle's edition, but a conspicuous difference nonetheless, that he decided not to reprint Lincoln's two Ohio speeches of 1859, both of which were included in the collection which played a historic role in Lincoln's rise to the Presidency. The reason for their original inclusion, of course, was that the Lincoln-Douglas debates were first brought out in 1860 in Columbus, Ohio, by Follett, Foster and Company--indeed, their publication may rate finally among the most important results of the Ohio campaign of 1859--and an Ohio publisher would naturally add Lincoln's Ohio speeches to the Illinois debates. It is . . .

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