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Lincoln-Douglas Debates

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Definition: Abraham Lincoln and the incumbent, Stephen A. Douglas, ran against each other for an Illinois Senate seat in 1858. The hot topics in the seven debates were slavery and popular sovereignty. In accepting his party's nomination for the seat, Lincoln gave his famous "House Divided" speech. Douglas won the Senate seat, but Lincoln gained nationwide recognition for his thoughtful, impassioned arguments.

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More on the Debates
Good background and context here.

Text of the Debates
All the words spoken by both men at all the debates.

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