The Lincoln-Douglas Debates These debates were a series of seven debates between the democratic senator, Stephen Douglas, and republican challenger, Abraham Lincoln, during the senatorial campaign of 1858. The biggest controversy was over slavery. Slavery was a big part of the debates because of the new territories added to the United States. The south believed they should allow slavery, and the North didnt. Douglas sponsered the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, which brought the slavery issue back. His bill in effect repealed the Missouri Compromise by lifting the ban against slavery in territories north. Lincoln and Douglas debated the slavery extension issue in 1858, therefore, they were addressing the problem that had divided the nation into two hostile camps. The issue that threatened the continued existence of the nation. Lincoln spoke out against the union. Say that the country wont survive long if it is split. Douglas took this as an opportunity, and refered to Lincoln as a radical. Lincoln then challenged DOuglas to a series of debates, and the two eventually agreeed to have seven debates in the state of Illinois. The debates, each three hours long, were convened in Ottawa held August 21, Freeport held August 27, Jonesboro held September 15, Charleston held September 18, Galesburg held October 7, Quincy held October 13, and Alton held October 15. Douglas repeatedly tried to brand Lincoln as a dangerous radical who stood for racial equality and disruption of the Union. Lincoln emphasized the moral iniquity of slavery and attacked popular sovereignty for the blood it had spilled in Kansas. In the first debate in Ottawa, Douglas accused Lincoln of trying to get rid of the whig and democratic party. He also said that Lincoln was taking the side of the common enemy in the Mexican War. He even decided to say that Lincoln wanted to make Illinois "a free negro colony". Which then was not a normal view. At the debate in Freeport Lincoln challenged Douglas to reconcile popular sovereignty with the Dred Scott decision. Douglas replied that settlers could make the decision by not establishing the local police regulations that protected a master's property. Without that protection, no one with slaves would move into that territory. In the third debate, in Jonesboro, Illinois, Douglas tried to make Lincoln seem unreliable. Saying that Licoln said something new, or took a new stance on an issue in the different parts of Illionois. He again repeated that Lincoln stood for racial equality. Lincoln denied all of the accusations except for the racial equality. In the fourth debate, in Charleston, Illinois, Lincoln accused that Douglas was plotting to create a constitution for Kansas allowing it to be voted uopn by the people of Kansas. Lincoln gave a detailed history of the Kansas Nebraska Act and explained a conspiracy to nationalize slavery. Douglas denied the conspiracy, and restated again, that Lincoln wanted equality of the races. In the fifth debate, in Galesburg, Illinois, Douglas explained how he opposed the Lecompton Constitution as well as an compromise on the issue. He made a statement on how the Declaration of Independance was written by white men, and was only mean to apply to white men. Lincoln stated how he believed that the Declaration of Independence was meant to apply to all men. In the sixth debate, in Quincy, Illinois, Lincoln again denied that he said different things…
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Abraham Lincoln was born in a cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Lincoln. The couple had two other children: Abraham’s older sister Sarah and younger brother Thomas, who died in infancy. When Abraham was 9 his mother died of milk sickness at age 34 and the event was devastating on him. Abraham grew distant from his father and resented the…
Abraham Lincoln was cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy (Hanks) Lincoln, and they also had two other children, Abraham's older sister Sarah and younger brother Thomas junior who died in infancy.
When young Abraham was 9 and a half years old his mother died of tremetol at age 34 and it was devastating to him at such a young age. A few months after his mom’s death, his dad married Sarah Bush Johnston, a Kentucky widow with three children of her own. She was…
Lincoln's success. On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected as the sixteenth president of the United States. The outcome of the election directly led to the secession of seven states and ultimately, the Civil War. During his presidency he dealt with the cohesiveness of the Union and slavery.
As a political leader, Lincoln's views about slavery changed as he had to worry about the Union and all of the people within it. No longer could he view slavery as he had in his earlier life, but he still…
Many people have made conversation over Lincoln’s death disputing on if Booth and his followers had plotted to commit the horrendous crime or if Booth acted alone. Many historians believe that Booth was not alone however, due to the notes that were found on his dead body and just the plain hate of the remaining confederate sympathizers that assisted Booth throughout his entire plan. I personally…
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Abraham Lincoln and the Great Man Theory
Do great men affect the outcome of certain events or do certain events sway the minds of these said men? This was a question that Scottish philosopher, Thomas Carlyle sought out to answer. In his work entitled On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History he states, “We have undertaken to discourse here for a little on Great Men, their manner of appearance in our world’s business, how they have shaped…
This article is about the American president. For other uses, see Abraham Lincoln (disambiguation).
An iconic black and white photograph of a bearded Abraham Lincoln showing his head and shoulders.
An 1863 daguerreotype of Lincoln, at the age of 54.
16th President of the United States
March 4, 1861 – April 15, 1865
Vice President Hannibal Hamlin (1861–1865)
Andrew Johnson (1865)
Preceded by James Buchanan
Succeeded by Andrew Johnson
Member of the U.S. House of…
Abraham Lincoln was born dirt-poor in 1809 in Kentucky. Abraham grew up on the farm with his family on the frontier of Kentucky and Indiana. He began to help his father with the farm work as soon as he was old enough. Because of all his farm work he only attended school for less than a year, but taught himself to read and write. Lincoln was able to self educate himself with his hard working and determined attitude, also he developed a love for books. Growing up he tried many different…
2 November 2013
Abraham Lincoln Outline
a. Abraham Lincoln Sr. was a captain in the Virginia Militia during the revolution and led patrols into the Virginia countryside to defend the community from Cherokee warriors (“Abraham Lincolns”)
b. 1782, the family moved to the “frontier” of Kentucky, hence “born in a log cabin” (“”)
c. Indians killed Abraham Lincoln’s grandfather in 1786 and young Tom, Abraham Lincoln’s father, witnessed it (“”).
d. Abraham Lincoln Jr. was born on February…
Abraham Lincoln’s Effect on Our Nation
Throughout American history, there have been many prestigious people including Abraham Lincoln in particular. He defined the American experience and what it meant to be a free American with his actions. Lincoln grew up poor, however, through hard work and dedication he rose to the nation’s highest office. Some groups though believed that Abraham Lincoln was not the father of freedom. They believed he was becoming a dictator and took advantage of America in…