The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858

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To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the most famous political argument in U.S. history, The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 is now available in a special commemorative edition. As Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas fiercely competed for the Illinois seat in the U.S. Senate, they debated many of the crucial and controversial issues-including slavery-that would later come to define Lincoln's political career. Thoughtfully edited by acclaimed historian Robert W. Johannsen, this essential manuscript captures a groundbreaking and provocative moment in American politics. Framed by an insightful new foreword by Johannsen's former student James L. Huston, this series of debates communicates the eloquence, urgency, and immediacy of its historical moment. To make these arguments more relevant to contemporary readers, Huston discusses the historiography of the debates since 1965, how various historians have addressed the debates, and why the debates remain so important today. This indispensable resource also includes Douglas's Chicago speech and Lincoln's "House Divided" speech. Providing a timely and engrossing look at this dynamic event, the 150th anniversary edition of The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 remains the authoritative presentation of these lively, landmark orations.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 139.7 x 205.74 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 150th Anniversary ed
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0195339428
  • 9780195339420
  • 2,041,803

About Robert W. Johannsen

Robert W. Johannsen is J. G. Randall Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Illinois. He is the author of Stephen A. Douglas (OUP, 1973; Francis Parkman Prize); To the Halls of the Montezumas: The Mexican War in the American Imagination (OUP, 1985); The Frontier, the Union, and Stephen A. Douglas; and Lincoln, the South, and Slavery: The Political Dimension.show more

Table of contents

Introduction to the Anniversary Edition ; Introduction ; Speech of Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, June 16, 1858 ; Speech of Stephen A. Douglas, Chicago, July 9, 1858 ; First Joint Debate, Ottawa, August 21, 1858 ; Second Joint Debate, Freeport, August 27, 1858 ; Third Joint Debate, Jonesboro, September 15, 1858 ; Fourth Joint Debate, Charleston, September 18, 1858 ; Fifth Joint Debate, Galesburg, October 7, 1858 ; Sixth Joint Debate, Quincy, October 13, 1858 ; Seventh Joint Debate, Alton, October 15, 1858 ; Suggestions for Further Readingshow more

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