The Debate Of The Lincoln Douglas Debates Essays

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The Lincoln-Douglas debates, also known as the Great Debates of 1858, were a series of seven debates between two politicians running for the senate seat of the state of Illinois. The politicians were the republican nominee, Abraham Lincoln, and the democratic nominee, incumbent Stephen Douglas. The debates covered a series of topics, the most pertinent being the issue of slavery and its expansion into the newer western territories. The idea of the debates came forth after both Lincoln and Douglass had given speeches opposing one another in two of Illinois’ congressional districts. Lincoln and Douglas agreed to the series of seven debates in the remaining congressional districts: Ottawa, Freeport, Jonesboro, Charleston, Galesburg, Quincy, and Alton.
The primary point of the debates, which was slavery, arose after Lincoln gave a speech upon accepting the republican nomination. Known as the House Divided speech, in it Lincoln stated that, “A house divided against itself cannot stand”. This referenced the nations current state of being half free and half slave in regards to its original territories. He believed that the country could not continue on being that way, with the separation between the slave owning south and the free northern states. Lincoln believed that the country could only continue in its divided state for so long before it was forced into a singular state of being wholly free, or wholly slave endorsing.
Lincoln believed that under the Declaration of…

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