History of the 1858 DebatesLincoln-Douglas Debate Communities

A Rivalry Recalled

The political rivalry of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas is legend. Their words are so memorable that they echo down to us 150 years after their 1858 debates. In a pitched battle to serve as U.S. senator from Illinois, the two politicians squared off in debates at seven cities. Find out more about these 7 communties and the unique stories that developed from each debate.










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