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TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER I. LINEAGE
The Lincolns in America. Intimacy with the Boones.
Kentucky in 1780. Death of Abraham Lincoln the
Pioneer. Marriage of Thomas Lincoln. Birth and
Childhood of Abraham.
CHAPTER II. INDIANA
Thomas Lincoln leaves Kentucky. Settles at Gentry-
ville. Death of Nancy Hanks Lincoln. Sarah Bush
Johnston. Pioneer Life in Indiana. Sports and
Superstitions of the Early Settlers. The Youth of
Abraham. His Great Physical Strength. His Voyage
to New Orleans. Removal to Illinois
CHAPTER III. ILLINOIS IN 1830
The Winter of the Deep Snow. The Sudden Change.
Pioneer Life. Religion and Society. French and
Indians. Formation of the Political System. The
Courts. Lawyers and Politicians. Early Super-
CHAPTER IV. NEW SALEM
Denton Offutt. Lincoln's Second Trip to New Orleans.
His Care of His Family. Death of Thomas Lincoln.
Offutt's Store in New Salem. Lincoln's Initiation by
the Clary's Grove Boys." The Voyage of the
CHAPTER V. LINCOLN IN THE BLACK HAWK WAR
Black Hawk. The Call for Volunteers. Lincoln
Elected Captain. Stillman's Run. Lincoln Reënlists.
The Spy Battalion. Black Hawk's Defeat. Disband-
ment of the Volunteers
CHAPTER VI. SURVEYOR AND REPRESENTATIVE
Lincoln's Candidacy for the Legislature. Runs as a
Whig. Defeated. Berry and Lincoln Merchants.
Lincoln Begins the Study of Law. Postmaster.
Surveyor. His Popularity. Elected to the Legis-
CHAPTER VII. LEGISLATIVE EXPERIENCE
Lincoln's First Session in the Legislature. Douglas
and Peck. Lincoln Reëlected. Bedlam Legislation.
Schemes of Railroad Building. Removal of the Capi-
tal to Springfield
CHAPTER VIII. THE LINCOLN-STONE PROTEST
The Pro-Slavery Sentiment in Illinois. Attempt to
Open the State to Slavery. Victory of the Free-
State Party. Reaction. Death of Lovejoy. Pro-
Slavery Resolutions. The Protest
CHAPTER IX. COLLAPSE OF “THE SYSTEM”
Lincoln in Springfield. The Failure of the Railroad
System. Fall of the Banks. First Collision with
Douglas. Tampering with the Judiciary
CHAPTER X. EARLY LAW PRACTICE
Early Legal Customs. Lincoln's Popularity in Law
and Politics. A Speech in 1840. The Harrison
Campaign. Correspondence with Stuart. Harrison
Elected. Melancholia .
CHAPTER XI. MARRIAGE
Courtship and Engagement. The Pioneer Tempera-
ment. Lincoln's Love Affairs. Joshua F. Speed.
Lincoln's Visit to Kentucky. Correspondence with
CHAPTER XII. THE SHIELDS DUEL
A Political Satire. James Shields. Lincoln Chal-
lenged. A Fight Arranged and Prevented. Subse-
quent Wranglings. The Whole Matter Forgotten.
CHAPTER XIII. THE CAMPAIGN OF 1844
Partnership with Stephen T. Logan. Lincoln Becomes
a Lawyer. Temperance Movement. Baker and Lin-
coln Candidates for the Whig Nomination to Congress.
Baker Successful. Clay Nominated for President.
The Texas Question. Clay Defeated
CHAPTER XIV. LINCOLN'S CAMPAIGN FOR CONGRESS
Schemes of Annexation. Opposition at the North.
Outbreak of War. Lincoln Nominated for Congress.
His Opponent Peter Cartwright. Lincoln Elected.
The Whigs in the War. E. D. Baker in Washington
CHAPTER XV. THE THIRTIETH CONGRESS
Robert C. Winthrop Chosen Speaker. Debates on the
War. Advantage of the Whigs. Acquisition of Terri-
tory. The Wilmot Proviso. Lincoln's Resolutions.
Nomination of Taylor for President. Cass the Demo-
cratic Candidate. Lincoln's Speech, July 27, 1848.
CHAPTER XVI. A FORTUNATE ESCAPE
Independent Action of Northern Democrats. Lin-
coln's Plan for Emancipation in the District of Co-
lumbia. His Bill Fails to Receive Consideration. A
Similar Bill Signed by Him Fifteen Years Later.
Logan Nominated for Congress and Defeated. Lin-
coln an Applicant for Office. The Fascination of
CHAPTER XVII. THE CIRCUIT LAWYER
The Growth and Change of Legal Habits. Lincoln on
the Circuit. His Power and Value as a Lawyer.
Opinion of David Davis. Of Judge Drummond. In-
cidents of the Courts. Lincoln's Wit and Eloquence.
His Life at Home
CHAPTER XVIII. THE BALANCE OF POWER
Origin of the Slavery Struggle. The Ordinance of
1787. The Compromises of the Constitution. The
Missouri Compromise. Cotton and the Cotton-Gin.
The Race between Free and Slave States. The Admis-
sion of Texas. The Wilmot Proviso. New Mexico
and California. The Compromise Measures of 1850.
CHAPTER XIX. REPEAL OF
Stephen A. Douglas. Old Fogies and Young America.
The Nomination of Pierce. The California Gold Dis-
covery. The National Platforms on the Slavery Issue.
Organization of Western Territories. The Three Ne-
braska Bills. The Caucus Agreement of the Senate
Committee. Dixon's Repealing Amendment. Douglas
Adopts Dixon's Proposition. Passage of the Kansas-
CHAPTER XX. THE DRIFT OF POLITICS
The Storm of Agitation. The Free Soil Party. The
American Party. The Anti-Nebraska Party. Dissolu-
tion of the Whig Party. The Congressional Elections.
Democratic Defeat. Banks Elected Speaker .
CHAPTER XXI. LINCOLN AND TRUMBULL
The Nebraska Question in Illinois. Douglas's Chicago
Speech. Lincoln Reappears in Politics. Political
Speeches at the State Fair. A Debate between Lincoln
and Douglas. Lincoln's Peoria Speech. An Anti-
Nebraska Legislature Elected. Lincoln's Candidacy
for the Senate. Shields and Matteson. Trumbull
Elected Senator Lincoln's Letter to Robertson. 365
CHAPTER XXII. THE BORDER RUFFIANS
The Opening of Kansas Territory. Andrew H. Reeder
Appointed Governor. Atchison's Propaganda. The