Black Hawk War

Black Hawk War

“A[braham]. joined a volunteer company, and to his own surprize, was elected captain of it. He says he has not since had any success in life which gave him so much satisfaction.” — Lincoln autobiography, 1860 During the 1810s and 1820s Indians had been pushed west by military actions, treaty agreements, legislation, and migration of…

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Mexican War

“All the battles of the Mexican war had been fought before Mr. L. took his seat in congress, but the American army was still in Mexico …” — Lincoln autobiography, 1860 Sectional tensions rose to the surface of American politics during the 1840s, as the international frontier moved far from the Old Northwest. The United…

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Slavery’s Future

“In 1854, his profession had almost superseded the thought of politics in his mind, when the repeal of the Missouri compromise aroused him as he had never been before.” — Lincoln autobiography, 1860 The smoldering conflict over slavery’s expansion became ignited in January 1854 by Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas’s proposal to organize the Nebraska…

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