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In 1858, Abraham Lincoln contested the reelection of Senator Stephen A. Douglas. For three months, Lincoln and Douglas stumped the state of Illinois, engaging in seven formal debates. Douglas won another term but was forced to take positions that cost him the presidency in 1860. Lincoln’s defeat was a temporary setback, for he acquired a national reputation and won the presidency in 1860. The debates also crystallized public opinion on extension of slavery to the territories and the power of states to regulate their domestic institutions. But for these debates—one of which will be presented—American history might have run a far different course. Kearnes and Skidmore-Hess are from the Department of Government
Kearnes, John and Skidmore-Hess, Daniel, "A Lincoln-Douglas Debate" (1995). Robert Ingram Strozier Faculty Lecture Series. 59.
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