The Lincoln Douglas Debates


Portrait of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas at the time of their 1858 debates.

This historical look at Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas is geared toward a young adult audience.

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Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865.  Political Debates between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas in the Celebrated Campaign of 1858, in Illinois… Columbus: Follett, Foster and Co., 1860.

These seven debates on slavery were a preview of the issues that Lincoln would face in the 1860 Presidential campaign and are remembered for the eloquence of both men.

Munroe Crane. Recollections of Lincoln and Douglas Forty Years Ago. New York: Privately Printed 1899.

This first-hand account of the July 9, 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debate in Chicago provides a comprehensive look at the debate and surrounding events by an eyewitness.

John A.  Logan.  The Great Conspiracy: Its Origin and History. New York: A.R. Hart, 1886.

This comprehensive history of the background to and history of the Civil War includes a lengthy section devoted to the Lincoln-Douglas debates.