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- Publisher: Fordham University Press; 1 edition (August 25, 2009)
- Publication Date: August 8, 2019
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004FPYJNA
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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: The First Complete, Unexpurgated Text 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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Where the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates a high-point of political rhetoric? How did a series of debates for one Senate seat divide a nation? How/why did the “loser” become President within 2 years?
Their political careers had crossed paths many times. A good volume of these seven debates were state-level minutiae aimed to discredit the other candidate – past political squabbles. Amidst comments of praise, both candidates took many nuanced jabs at each other. 1858 was a time where men respected each other, could also take political jabs at each other, and then be civil to each other. These debates are an informative step into the 19th century.
Amidst the state level squabbles lies slavery. Northern Illinois was Free. Southern Illinois was sympathetic to slavery. How did state-level politicians maneuver these disparate areas/audiences?
What did “all men are created equal” (in The Declaration of Independence) mean? Did this apply to black slaves? How does one defend slavery? Was full equality for Africans staunchly advocated? What about Liberia?
I recommend this book for young and old.