Tuesday, March 17, 2009
spt - 1858
on the way home from Philly, we took the opportunity to stop in D.C. to stretch our legs on The Mall. the highlight of our brief stopover was a visit to the Lincoln Memorial. in all the years i lived near D.C., i don't remember spending time at this particular memorial.
maybe it didn't seem so relevent to the times back in the heydey of the yuppy 1980s...
On June 16, 1858, more than 1,000 Republican delegates met in the Springfield, Illinois, statehouse for the Republican State Convention. At 5 p.m. they chose Abraham Lincoln as their candidate for the U.S. Senate, running against Democrat Stephen A. Douglas. At 8 p.m. Lincoln delivered this address to his Republican colleagues in the Hall of Representatives. (you can read his entire acceptance address here.)
A house divided against itself cannot stand.
I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free.
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.