Founding Fathers Opposition to Slavery: Lincoln at Cooper Union

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A performance commemorated the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s “Right Makes Might” speech on the stage where it was originally delivered on February 27, 1860. In the speech, Lincoln elaborated his views on slavery, affirming that he did not wish it to be expanded into the western territories and giving evidence that the Founding Fathers would agree with this position. The speech is credited with helping him secure the nomination for president. Harold Holzer introduced the program of oration and music with stills shown in the background. A variety of performers and lawyers took turns reading the speech.
 
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