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p. 383. Lawlocked

  • Allen C. Guelzo


‘Law’ describes how lawyering was more than just a living for Lincoln. The revolutionaries who constructed the American republic in the 1770s believed that their republic would survive only if it could find some form of political or social adhesive to replace the patronage, kinship, deference, and outright corruption which held monarchies together. In January 1838 Lincoln delivered as a lecture his first long reflection on the role of law in a liberal democracy. In the off-year elections of 1846, Lincoln was among the newly elected Whig congressman, riding on an election-day majority of 55% in the Illinois Seventh District.

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