The Lincoln Douglas Debate


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The Lincoln-Douglas debates were a series of formal political debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in a contest for one of Illinois Senate seats.  Lincoln went on to lose the election to Douglas.  The debates, however, helped propel Lincoln to National Prominence.  The debates also present an elegant summary of the key political controversies of the day.

Study of the Abraham Lincoln speech in the First Douglas-Lincoln debate gives key insight into the mind and thinking of Abraham Lincoln. We also can see Lincoln's eloquence, and oratory style.  We focus here on the first debate, held on August 21, 1858 in Ottawa Illinois.

Senator Douglas Speech in the First Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Abraham Lincoln's Speech in the First Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Senator Douglas Response to Abraham Lincoln




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