By Roy Morris Jr.
From the time they first set foot in Illinois within the early 1830s, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas have been fated to develop into political rivals. The lengthy Pursuit tells the dramatic tale of the way those considerably various contributors rose to the head of yankee politics, and the way their own competition formed and adjusted the way forward for the state in the course of its so much convulsive period. certainly, had it no longer been for Douglas, who served as Lincoln’s own goad, speed horse, and measuring stick, there might were no Lincoln-Douglas debates in 1858, no Lincoln presidency in 1860, and maybe no Civil battle six months later. The lengthy Pursuit is not just a close political examine but additionally a compelling examine the private part of politics at the rough-and-tumble western frontier. It indicates us a extra human Lincoln, a bare-knuckles flesh presser who used to be no longer above buying and selling on his wildly misguided picture as a humble “rail-splitter” whilst he used to be, actually, one of many nation’s so much profitable railroad lawyers. and because the first broad biographical research of Stephen Douglas in additional than 3 many years, the ebook provides a long-overdue reassessment of 1 of the 19th century’s extra compelling and finally tragic figures, the one-time “Little Giant” of yankee politics.
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19 The town grew chaotically, with wooden buildings appearing at the whim of their owners who sometimes ignored the platted dirt streets. Mud was a perennial problem, especially in the spring and fall, and, of course, if the winter was not cold enough, the endless mud pits did not freeze over. Most houses huddled near the river, and sanitation presented a problem. The corner of State and Madison seemed far from the town center. Early residents, even Yankees, often dressed in deerskin and at times painted their faces like Native Americans.
Parmalee and Company Omnibus Line, 1855. 23 In many ways Chicago remained a frontier settlement. No public transportation existed, so many Chicagoans lived near or in the same building in which they worked. This “walking-city” meant congestion and the unintended integration of Chicago by race, ethnicity, and social class. Until the 1850s, Chicago remained very much a male city. Few institutions for the young, such as schools, existed. A more equitable gender balance grew in the 1850s as the city acquired the characteristics of a nonfrontier settlement.
The Aurora Branch in September 1850. ” Within seven years, Chicago became the center of the nation’s railroad industry. In 1855, seventeen railroad lines made their way to and from the city, including the new vital rail connection to the East Coast. The federal government gave out massive land grants to the railroads as they soon fulfilled their promise to unite the country with a national market as rail lines reached out from Chicago in every direction. Nothing succeeds like success, and soon other railroads radiated from the city.
The Long Pursuit: Abraham Lincoln's Thirty-Year Struggle with Stephen Douglas for the Heart and Soul of America by Roy Morris Jr.