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Background: Presidents Lincoln and Obama are just 2 of the 11 American Presidents who were either born in or served their political careers in the Midwest. Review this week's handout for a full list.

Post Instructions: After reading Lincoln's "A Letter to Joshua Speed," consider the language Lincoln used to address this very difficult topic with his good friend. Lincoln says, "It is hardly fair for you to assume, that I have no interest in a thing which has, and continually exercises, the power of making me miserable" (62). This is the crux of Lincoln's anti-slavery argument. In your own words, why does Lincoln believe the slave issue involves him and the other northern citizens? Include examples from the reading. Do you accept Lincoln's statement? Why or Why Not? And, to what issues does this apply in current day America?

Length Requirement: All original posts for this course must be at least 100 words. And, remember, because this is still an English course, everything you write will be graded for grammar and style.

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