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Lincoln (Part 2)



Lincoln (Part 2)
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     challenging words:    deadlock, determined, helping, best, politician, union, nomination, serving, afterward, spotlight, political, growth, reputation, during, issue, series
     content words:    Abraham Lincoln, United States, Mary Todd, Stephen Douglas, Republican Party, Civil War, John Wilkes Booth


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1     Abraham Lincoln lived during an exciting time of growth and change in the United States. Changes were happening for Abraham Lincoln and in Illinois, too. Lincoln was elected to the state legislature in 1834. Two years later, he earned his law license and settled in Springfield, which became the state capital in 1837. He served eight years as a state representative. He enjoyed lawyering and politics because he felt he was able to help many people.
 
2     It was about this time that Lincoln married a lady named Mary Todd. She was from an important family in Kentucky that had political connections, but more important than that, they cared for each other. In 1846, Lincoln was elected to the U.S. Congress for his first and only term, and they moved to Washington, D.C. After serving that term, they moved back to Illinois where Lincoln concentrated on practicing law.
 
3     The family lived quietly for several years until 1854, when Lincoln stepped back into the political spotlight over the slavery issue. Stephen Douglas, an Illinois senator and a Democrat, had broken a political deadlock in Washington with a bill that would allow Kansas and Nebraska to choose whether they wanted to be free or slave states and would allow slavery in new territories. Lincoln said that Congress must exclude slavery from the new territories. About this same time the Whig party, which he belonged to, became the Republican Party. The Republican Party stood firmly against allowing slavery in the country's new territories.

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