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Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas's Last Debate (1858)locked

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Among moments of even titanic clashes of human wit intelligence and passion the series of seven debates between Stephen A Douglas and Abraham Lincoln stand tall A series of seven such meetings held in seven different locations throughout Illinois on the occasion of the 1858 senatorial campaign the Democrat Douglas was seeking his third term the Lincoln Douglas debates took up no less than the most pressing and critical issue of the day the debate over human chattel slavery and to what extent or whether or not the doctrine of popular sovereignty would allow the states to settle the question for themselves While Douglas defended such a notion despite the difficulties for states rights created by the Supreme Court s Dred Scott decision Lincoln challenged the entire institution of slavery as immoral and contrary to the principles established by the country s founding fathers in the Declaration of Independence and ...

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