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The Complete Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858

Edited and with an Introduction by Paul M. Angle
The Lincoln-Douglas debates remain our culture’s model of what public political debate ought to be. This new edition of the complete transcripts of the debates and eyewitness interpretations of them (previously published under the title Created Equal?) includes a new Foreword by David Zarefsky.

Zarefsky analyzes the rhetoric of the speeches, showing how Lincoln and Douglas chose their arguments and initiated a debate that shook the nation. Their eloquent, statesmanlike discussion of the morality of slavery illustrates the masterful use of rhetorical strategies and tactics in the public forum: a form of discourse that has nearly disappeared from the political scene today.

470 pages | 2 halftones, 2 maps | 6 x 9 | © 1958, 1990

Chicago and Illinois

History: American History

Rhetoric and Communication

Table of Contents

Foreword, 1991
A Note about the Texts
I. The Campaign Opens
II. The Springfield Speeches
III. Taking the Stump
IV. The Ottawa Debate
V. The Freeport Debate
VI. The Campaign Progresses
VII. The Jonesboro Debate
VIII. The Charleston Debate
IX. Touches of Temper
X. The Galesburg Debate
XI. The Quincy Debate
XII. The Alton Debate
XIII. The Campaign Ends

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