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Based on statements made in the Lincoln-Douglas debates in 1858 and Lincoln's Presidential campaign speeches, Abraham Lincoln's position on slavery was seen by most contemporaries as:
Moderate, as he seemed to want to stop the spread of slavery but would allow it to continue to exist where it already did exist.
In favor of the idea of popular sovereignty.
In favor of allowing the Supreme Court to make key decisions about the future of slavery in the US.
Pro-Southern or at least sympathetic to the Southern position on slavery.