Lead:  In New York to make the speech of his political life, on the afternoon of February 27, 1860, Abraham Lincoln stopped by Matthew Brady’s Broadway studio to have his picture taken.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Four months earlier, Lincoln had received a speaking invitation from a group of New York Republicans. He was mostly unknown, the rangy, tall candidate from the frontier, and knew that this was a golden opportunity to get his ideas before a sophisticated eastern audience and, even more important, to connect with the major newspapers of the day. Initially, Lincoln’s speech was scheduled to be given at Henry Ward Beecher’s church in Brooklyn, but due to the large crowds it was changed to the hall at Cooper Union in Manhattan. Lincoln’s speech was enthusiastically received and began the ground-swell of support that led to his nomination and the White House.

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