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Lincoln — What Sparked Lincoln’s Duel & His Unusual Fight Terms

  In the mid-nineteenth century, the state of Illinois was experiencing a financial crisis, and the two political parties—the Whigs and the Democrats—were in constant conflict about how to resolve the issues. In the mix was Lincoln, a Whig lawyer, and then-former legislator and Democratic state auditor James Shields. In 1842, James Shields, along with… Read more »