Civil War patriotic imprint with black mourning borders and illustration of Senator Stephen A. Douglas with quotes below. "Tell them to obey the Laws and support the Constitution." "There are no longer any parties, save these two- Patriots and Traitors." "The slavery question is a mere excuse. The election of Mr. Lincoln is a mere pretext! The present Secession movement is the result of an enormous conspiracy formed more than a year since." Very desirable imprint circa 1861.
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Stephen A. Douglas: (1813-1861) Known as "The Little Giant," Douglas was an outstanding legislator, and orator, and was one of the founders of the Democratic Party in Illinois. Served as U.S. Senator, 1843-61. He is best known for his debates in 1858 against Abraham Lincoln. He was narrowly defeated for the Democratic nomination for president by Franklin Buchanan in 1856. He did gain the Democratic nomination in 1860, but was defeated for the presidency by his old friend and rival Abraham Lincoln. Upon secession, and the outbreak of the Civil War, he supported Lincoln and his policies. He died of typhoid fever in 1861.