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The Lincoln-Douglas debates : the first complete, unexpurgated text

Author: Abraham Lincoln; Stephen A Douglas; Harold Holzer
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, 2004.
Series: North's Civil War, no. 30.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : Fordham University Press edView all editions and formats
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"The seven debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas held during the Illinois senatorial race of 1858 are among the most important in American history. Classics of political rhetoric, the debates embodied dramatic struggles over the issues that would tear apart the nation in the Civil War: the virtues of a republic and the evils of slavery." "In this book, Harold Holzer brings us as close as possible to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Abraham Lincoln; Stephen A Douglas; Harold Holzer
ISBN: 0823223426 9780823223428
OCLC Number: 55224034
Notes: Originally published: 1st ed. New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c1993.
Description: xxv, 394 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: The first joint debate at Ottawa, August 21, 1858 --
The second joint debate at Freeport, August 27, 1858 --
The third joint debate at Jonesboro, September 15, 1858 --
The fourth joint debate at Charleston, September 18, 1858 --
The fifth joint debate at Galesburg, October 7, 1858 --
The sixth joint debate at Quincy, October 13, 1858 --
The seventh joint debate at Alton, October 15, 1858 --
Appendix: Lincoln vs. Douglas: How the state voted.
Series Title: North's Civil War, no. 30.
Responsibility: edited and with an introduction by Harold Holzer.
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"The seven debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas held during the Illinois senatorial race of 1858 are among the most important in American history. Classics of political rhetoric, the debates embodied dramatic struggles over the issues that would tear apart the nation in the Civil War: the virtues of a republic and the evils of slavery." "In this book, Harold Holzer brings us as close as possible to what Lincoln and Douglas actually said. He successfully confronts what has been a problem for historians: the accuracy of the transcriptions of the debates. The debates were transcribed by reporters of many newspapers, each unabashedly partisan. Historians have long been suspicious of the accuracy of many accounts since reporters often reported the debates through prejudiced lenses." "Holzer takes steps to ensure maximum fidelity to the words of Lincoln and Douglas. Using transcripts of Lincoln's speeches as recorded by the pro-Douglas newspaper, and vice versa, he offers the most reliable, unedited record available of the debates. He also includes detailed background on the two combatants, the sites, and on the often exuberant reactions and comments of the audience."--BOOK JACKET.

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