Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, attributed to Christopher S. German, September 1858

A House Divided

After receiving the Republican Party’s nomination for United States senator, Lincoln delivered a speech that appealed to many Northerners while alarming the South. “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” he declared. “I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved…but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.”