Following Lincoln’s death, several Illinois scholars authored recollections of the Great Emancipator. In his reminiscences, Illinois College President Julian Sturtevant recalled the House Divided speech as the spark that started the former president’s “most important conflict”—the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. Lincoln’s speech moved Sturtevant with its bold assessment of the slavery issue. He wrote that the more traditional audience members “were startled and alarmed by the frankness of Mr. Lincoln’s position.” (By David Park)
Recollection by Julian M. Sturtevant, House Divided Speech, June 16, 1858
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