Thoughts on Lincoln'sSpeech at Cooper Union

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In 1860 Abraham Lincoln gave an address at the Cooper Union in NYC. The main point of the speech was that the federal government had the right to ban slavery in federal territories contrary to what the Supreme Court said in Dred Scott V. Sanford. He relies on the notion that at least a majority of the framers of the Constitution, went on to serve on Congress and voted in favor of anti-slavery bills. He also criticizes pro-slavery politicians as not adhering to the old policy of the fathers and distances Republicans from John
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http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/cooper.htm
 

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One thing I noticed in his examples only foreign slaves were forbidden in territories, not ones from already established US states. The problem is that during Lincoln's time including when the speech was given foreign slaves weren't an issue anymore but only those from the slave states of the South.
 

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Lincoln makes a powerful case(powerful, because of the power of his Logic) that he and the Republican Party, by the policies they present, are more the true heirs of those great men who framed the gov't under which all lived in the United States.
 

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