Excerpt from Abraham Lincoln's Political Career Through 1860: Foundations of Republican Party; Excerpts From Newspapers and Other Sources From the Files of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection While it is widely, if not universally, known that the impelling motive for the organization of the Republican party was the passage, in May, 1854, of the kansas-nebraska Act repealing the Missouri Compromise excluding slavery from territory north of 36 degrees 30 minutes, it is still true that, even before this act was consummated, but in anticipation of its early accomplishment, a strong demand had grown up among conservative men in most of the Northern, and even in some of the Border States, for the organization of a new party based on opposition to the further extension of slavery into free terri tory, or the admission into the'union of any more slave States. The movement was spontaneous - the result of circumstances - and was not limited to either of the existing parties, embracing both Whigs and Democrats, as well as the free-soilers as a body. Some of the advocates of a new party organization had already suggested the adoption of the name Republican, and we have the authority of former Vice President Henry Wilson, in his History of the Rise and Fall of the Slave Power, for the statement that, on the night following the final passage of the Kansas Nebraska Act, a meeting of Senators and Representatives in Congress who had Opposed that measure indorsed the proposition looking to such an organization. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.