Lincoln came out a victor in the 1860 presidential election despite winning only 2 percent of the Southern vote
Lincoln’s oration at New York’s Cooper Union showed that the prairie lawyer could play in the big leagues
A student of the speech that changed Lincoln’s career visits the place where he gave it
Every presidential election is exciting when it happens. Then the passing of time usually makes the outcome seem less than crucial. But after more than a century and a quarter, the election of 1860 retains its terrible urgency.