Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship
And possess” all U.S. government forts and arsenals in the rebellious South. The garrison at Fort Sumter held out for thirty-three hours before being forced to surrender. On April 14, the American flag was hauled down and the Confederate stars and bars rose over the shattered and smoldering fort. Lincoln, in office for little more than six weeks, issued a proclamation calling for 75,000 troops to put down the Southern rebellion. All over the North, patriotic crowds turned out to attend war.
For—McClellan failed to pursue Lee as the rebels retreated back to Virginia—but it was good enough. The South's attempt to invade the North had been turned back. On September 22, Lincoln read the final wording of his Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet. The next day the document was released to the press. Issued as an “act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity,” the proclamation declared that all slaves in rebel states that had not returned to the Union by.
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Faced—more than five hundred abolitionists, most of them white. “The truth was, I felt myself a slave, and the idea of speaking to white people, weighed me down.” “It was with the utmost difficulty that I could stand erect,” Frederick recalled. Hesitating and stammering, “I trembled in every limb. I am not sure that my embarrassment was not the most effective part of my speech, if speech it could be called. At any rate, this is about the only part of my performance that I distinctly remember.”.
Which he would spin out at great length, gesturing with his hands and mimicking the voices of his characters. He was welcomed into the New Salem debating club, and while he was awkward and self-conscious at first, he quickly grew more confident. In one debate, “he pursued the question with reason and argument so pithy and forcible that all were amazed,” a fellow debater remembered. Lincoln had discovered The Columbian Orator—the same popular book of speeches and dialogues that twelve-year-old.