Thursday, January 31, 2013

Opening paragraphs..................

August 13,1859 was a hot day in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  The settlement was on the western boundary of the state, just across the Missouri River from the Nebraska village of Omaha.  A politician from the neighboring state of Illinois, Abraham Lincoln, went to Concert Hall to make a speech.  It attracted a big crowd because of Lincoln's prominence after the previous year's Lincoln-Douglas debates and the keen interest in the following year's presidential election.  Lincoln was a full-time politician and a candidate for the Republican nomination for president.  The local editor called Lincoln's speech - never recorded - one that "set forth the true principles of the Republican party."
-Stephen E. Ambrose, Nothing Like It In The World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869

No comments:

Post a Comment