LINCOLN ATTACKED DRED SCOTT DECISION AND WARNED COURT MIGHT LEGALIZE SLAVERY NATIONWIDE
Springfield, Illinois (JFK+50) ABRAHAM LINCOLN gave his famous "House Divided " speech to a thousand delegates at the close of the Illinois State Republican Convention 155 years ago today, June 16, 1858, here in Springfield.
Quoting from the THE HOLY BIBLE (Mark, Chapter 3, Verse 25): "And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand," Mr. Lincoln said:
"A house divided against itself cannot stand. This government cannot remain half-slave and half-free."
While most people today associate that quote with Lincoln, they may not realize that he was not the first politician or American writer to make reference to it.
During the debate on the Compromise of 1850 in the Senate of the United States, SAM HOUSTON used these words...
"A nation divided against itself cannot stand."
And in 1776, THOMAS PAINE wrote in Common Sense in reference to the British monarchy...
"This hath all the distinctions of a house divided against itself."
I would argue, also, that most people who associate the quote exclusively with Lincoln, are not even remotely aware that in the "House Divided" speech, the future president of the United States warned that the nation was just "one (Supreme Court) decision away" from slavery becoming the law of the land.