Objects & Places from This Fiery Trial: The Speeches and Writings of Abraham Lincoln

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Sangamo County, Illinois - This is where Lincoln began his political career and had a successful campaign for the state legislature in 1834.

Hardin County, Kentucky - This was a rural area where Lincoln lived until he was 21 years old.

Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 - This compelled Lincoln to re-enter politics after a five year hiatus from the political arena.

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates - This set the stage for an election and slavery was the primary issue of discussion.

Fort Sumter - This was where troops were ordered to put down a perceived rebellion and acted as the unofficial beginning of the Civil War.

Emancipation Proclamation - This was a controversial order and Lincoln spent much of his political career defending his position regarding the freedom of slaves.

Bull Run - This was where Union troops suffered a disaster and thereafter, they were ordered to be trained and orderly...

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