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The Resource Lincoln and Douglas : the debates that defined America, Allen C. Guelzo

Lincoln and Douglas : the debates that defined America, Allen C. Guelzo

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Lincoln and Douglas : the debates that defined America
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Lincoln and Douglas
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the debates that defined America
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Allen C. Guelzo
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  • Guelzo (Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America ) gives us an astute, gracefully written account of the celebrated Lincoln–Douglas debates of 1858. These seven debates between two powerful attorneys and statesmen, Abraham Lincoln and Sen. Stephen A. Douglas, starkly defined the stakes between sharply different positions on slavery and union on the eve of civil war and offered examples of serious, deeply reasoned exchanges of views rarely seen in American politics. As Guelzo wisely shows, the debates did not stand alone but were part of a larger Illinois senatorial campaign. Douglas won re-election that year, but Lincoln gained national recognition despite losing and then defeated Douglas three years later for the presidency. Perhaps more important, the views that Lincoln enunciated in 1858—that the government, heeding the majority’s will, should halt slavery’s further spread—laid the foundation for emancipation and a new era in the nation’s history. Guelzo’s smoothly narrated history of this segment of Lincoln’s career, packed full of illustrative quotes from primary sources, will become a standard. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed November 26, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 47, p39)
  • /* Starred Review */ They were running for the U.S. Senate, with the "little giant" Douglas the incumbent. Lincoln started following him around the state, speaking after him on the campaign trail, so Douglas agreed that they should "canvass the state together." This most accessible of Guelzo's Lincoln books (e.g., Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation ) is a rowsing narrative, academically researched, embracingly informative, and deeply thoughful. The legislature picked Douglas. This book is the real winner. --Margaret Heilbrun (Reviewed December 15, 2007) (Library Journal, vol 132, issue 20, p134)
  • /* Starred Review */ Two-time Lincoln Prize winner Guelzo (Civil War Era History/Gettysburg Coll.; Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America, 2004, etc.) colorfully chronicles the most famous Senate campaign in American history.By 1858, intense controversy over slavery had brought the country to a boil, and partisans rightly looked to the Senate race in the swing state of Illinois for clues to the 1860 presidential election. There, the brilliant orator and incumbent Stephen A. Douglas, father of the incendiary Kansas-Nebraska Act and champion of the doctrine of "popular sovereignty," battled the little-known, lightly regarded prairie lawyer Abraham Lincoln. Douglas painted Lincoln as a thinly disguised abolitionist and an inconstant patriot, intent on ending the Founders's experiment in diversity by dictating a way of life to the South and inciting civil war. Lincoln attacked Douglas for destroying the Missouri Compromise and refusing to recognize that the moral issue of slavery was not susceptible to the whims of popular demand. Thanks largely to seven joint debates (actually serialized speeches) instantly transcribed and printed in newspapers that transfixed readers far beyond the state's borders, Lincoln emerged from the campaign with a national reputation, the glittering star of the still-new Republican Party. Though Douglas prevailed, he was reduced to an exhausted husk of his once powerful self, his national prospects severely diminished. Guelzo memorably describes the campaign's centerpiece, the Lincoln/Douglas face-offs in the little towns of Freeport, Ottawa, Galesburg, Quincy, Charleston, Alton and Jonesport. He also ably elucidates the importance and the timelessness of the philosophical differences at the heart of the Lincoln/Douglas debates, but he excels most at placing them in their original context, as only a part of a sharply contested, often ugly political campaign, wherein each man spent as much time tending to his own splintered party as he did explaining himself or hammering his opponent.A crisply articulated, dynamic presentation of how the debates unfolded and why they still matter today. (Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2008)
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Guelzo, Allen C
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973.6/8
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E457.4
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.G84 2008
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non fiction
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  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Douglas, Stephen A.
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debates, Ill., 1858
  • United States
  • Illinois
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the debates that defined America
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Lincoln and Douglas : the debates that defined America, Allen C. Guelzo
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Lincoln and Douglas : the debates that defined America, Allen C. Guelzo
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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text
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  • txt
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658729
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9780743273206
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2007044254
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  • (Sirsi) i9780743273206
  • (OCoLC)166373213

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