1. In the case of Dred vs. Scott, Abraham Lincoln accused the court of attempting to nationalize slavery by his actions when aligning himself with the Republican Party, and the stance they took to appease voters and gain support.
a. The Republican Party denounced the Supreme Court ruling in the Dred vs. Scott case. They did not believe in the verdict “allowing slavery in all federal territories.” (Pg. 601)
b. In being a part of the Republican Party and being represented by their endorsements, Lincoln also showed resistance to the court’s ruling when the party promised each state the right to control its own policy and basically discourage the upholding of the court in its own territories.
c. In Lincolns earlier years, he always spoke against the movement of slavery in other territories. It was this stance against the forceful expansion of slavery that earned him the face of the Republican Party in the first place.
d. In Lincoln’s stance against Douglas in the famous Lincoln-Douglas debate, he delicately stated his belief that because of color the two races could never be equal, but that they had an equal right to freedom and the earnings of their labor, thus continuing to disagree with the court’s ruling.
2. The Lincoln-Douglas debates presented a verbal rendition for the major differences that would later turn into the civil war. The most significant differences were noted in their views on popular sovereignty, the Dred vs. Scott ruling and ultimate equality of both races.
a. Douglas believed that slavery was a dying discussion around the dinner table. He thinks the issue could be resolved at the local level, Lincolns stand was that slavery had the potential to expand into new territories and, if unchecked, overtake free-states and consume white and black laborers to basically the same working clans.
b. Lincoln was concerned that the Dred. Vs. Scott ruling would eventually lead the possibility that slavery could spread into free-states. Douglas tried to...