The Complete Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858

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University of Chicago Press, May 28, 1991 - History - 423 pages
The Lincoln-Douglas debates remain our culture's model of what public political debate ought to be. This new edition of the complete transcripts of the debates and eyewitness interpretations of them (previously published under the title Created Equal?) includes a new Foreword by David Zarefsky.

Zarefsky analyzes the rhetoric of the speeches, showing how Lincoln and Douglas chose their arguments and initiated a debate that shook the nation. Their eloquent, statesmanlike discussion of the morality of slavery illustrates the masterful use of rhetorical strategies and tactics in the public forum: a form of discourse that has nearly disappeared from the political scene today.
 

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Contents

The Springfield Speeches
43
Taking the Stump
83
The Campaign Progresses
177
The Jonesboro Debate
189
VIII The Charleston Debate
232
The Quincy Debate
322
The Alton Debate
361
The Campaign Ends
403
Appendix
409
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About the author (1991)

Paul M. Angle, a noted Lincoln scholar, was director of the Chicago Historical Society from 1945 to 1965.

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