Lincoln at Cooper Union : the speech that made Abraham Lincoln president
The title of this book may make you think that the author is trying to oversell the importance of one speech in Lincoln’s career, but it is not. In February of 1860, Abraham Lincoln was not widely known outside of Illinois. However, people supporting his presidential candidacy arranged for Lincoln to address the Cooper Union, at the time a new college in New York City looking for a more prominent profile. Lincoln gave a well-received speech opposing the extension of slavery into Federal territories, which was THE hot button issue of the time. Lincoln’s notoriety soared, eventually winning him the Republican nomination in 1860 and then the White House.