The Lincoln-Douglas Debates and the Making of a President

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates and the Making of a President

By: Timothy S. Good (author)Paperback

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The Lincoln-Douglas senatorial debates of 1858 marked a significant crossroads in the political career of Abraham Lincoln. Though he lost the Illinois state senate seat to Stephen A. Douglas, the debates launched Lincoln into political prominence and eventually contributed to his successful run for the presidency. This work reveals Lincoln's political evolution during the debates through a narrative approach, evaluating his debate strategy and seemingly inconsistent views on slavery and racial inequality. Organized chronologically, the book examines each of the seven debates individually, acknowledging Lincoln's disappointing turns at Jonesboro and Charleston but celebrating his powerful comeback at Alton in the final senatorial debate.

About Author

Timothy S. Good is a National Park Service employee who lives in Arnold, Missouri. His research interests lie in the history of the Lincoln presidency and in American maritime history.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780786430659
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 215
  • ID: 9780786430659
  • ISBN10: 0786430656

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