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Lincoln, Douglas, and Slavery: In the Crucible of Public Debate 0002- Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0226978765
ISBN-10: 0226978761
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David Zarefsky is dean of the School of Speech and professor of communication studies at Northwestern University.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 0002- edition (1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226978761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226978765
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,953,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Goldman on December 16, 2007
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First of all, this does not include the debates themselves. It is solely a discussion of the issues they were debating with explanations of the Lincoln, Douglas, Republican, and Democratic politics and goals of the time. It covers each issue in its historical context, as it was developed over the course of the debates, pointing out where an issue was raised, in which debate it became critical, and when it was dropped.

I thought after reading several biographies of Lincoln and his contemporaries and other histories of the period that I knew something about Lincoln and the debates, but I was wrong. After reading this I looked the debates up in various history books and online references. I see now that a lot of other people have only the vaguest notion of what was really going on. This book is really essential reading if you want to be able to make sense out of much of what they were debating since the debates themselves often assume knowledge that the audience of 1858 would have been aware of but are now too complex or detailed for anyone but a scholar in the field to be aware of.

This is a very dense book and I can't read it for very long because the discussions of the complex legal and political issues overwhelm my tiny brain much faster than any other history book I've ever read.

I couldn't possibly begin to detail all the many contextual references that you will miss if you rely solely on the text of the debates themselves for your knowledge. If you really want to understand what they were debating, get this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark D C on January 7, 2015
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Zarefsky has little knowledge of what was going on behind the scenes. If all was on the surface, if Douglas was not helping the killing sprees in Kansas, helping his friend and business partner David Rice Atchison's vile actions in Kansas, maybe Zarefsky would have a point. But to get a narrative right, or even close, you have to first know the facts. Zarefsky has a lot to learn.

Anyone interested in Lincoln Douglas debates, or the Civil War, or LIncoln, has to know about Kansas, who killed who there, and why. Jefferson Davis sent David Rice Atchison to Kansas -- Atchison is the US Senator who, with Douglas, got Kansas Nebraska Act passed, then immediatelly rushed off to Kansas to terrify and later kill, to spread slavery.

Read Charles Sumner speech -- the one he was almost beat to death for. Do you know who he was talking about? He was talking about David Rice Atchison. Shame on those who teach history, and do not know that. Atchison and Douglas got KS bill passed, claiming they had no interest whatsoever in spreading slavery in Kansas, but Atchison virtually had his horse saddled up, he left immediately for KS when he got KS bill passed,. And there, he would terrorize and kill to spread slavery.

This was common knowledge then, Sumner was not the only one to know, of course. And Douglas defended Atchison. Davis defended him. Then and forever more, both men defended Atchison (till Douglas had no choice and called all those he cooperated with before, traitors).

Zarefsky is not much different than most people on the LIncoln Douglas debates, because most people do not know what game Douglas was playing.
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