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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

Lincoln-Douglas Debates

Lincoln-Douglas Debates
Scrapbook, 1858
Page 2
Rare Book & Special Collections Division
Gift of Alfred Whital Stern, 1953 (36.1)

Candidate Abraham Lincoln assembled this scrapbook of news accounts reporting the seven debates between himself and Senator Stephen Douglas for the Illinois seat in the 1858 U.S. Senate campaign. Recognizing that the partisan nature of the press could lead to inaccuracies, Lincoln had his speeches clipped from newspapers sympathetic to the Republican Party and the speeches of Douglas clipped from the Democratic press. Lincoln occasionally made notes in the margins when he felt the reportage required changes or comment.

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