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Sunday, September 16, 2012

QOD- Lincoln- Wed Sept 19

QOD- Lincoln- Wed Sept 19

Tell me three things about the Lincoln Douglas debates, you don't think I already know?

Student Response's....

1. more than 20,000 people were in attendance
2. Lincoln stressed the moral wrong-doing of slavery in his speech.
3.  last standing site of the 1958 Lincoln-Douglas debates.
- Emily

The famous Lincoln and Douglas debates occured in 1858.  One fact about the debates is the first speaker spoke 60 minutes, the the next 90 minutes while the first man had a chance to speak another 30 minutes and since Douglas was the incumbant he spoke first of the 4 debates.  The next little fact was major papers from Chicago sent stenographs to create complete texts of each debate, which newspapers across the United States reprinted in full, with some partisan edits which was a big deal at the time.  And the last fact didnt occur during the time but in 1994 CNN had a reanactment of the speeches on its channel which is very cool.
- Nate

The debates were held at 7 different sites, one in each of the congressional districts. Over 15,000 people attended the original debate in Freeport, which was then only a town of 5,000 residents. One result of the debate, the Freeport Doctrine, allowed states people to have the right to choose whether or not to exclude slavery from their limits. One fact about Mary Todd Lincoln I thought was interesting was, Stephen A. Douglas proposed to Mary and told her if she accepted she would become the wife of the president; she declined saying "Mr Douglas, I will be the wife of the president, but not as Mrs. Douglas."
- Savannah

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