Lincoln-Douglas Debates

Debates of 1858

Information on debates:

- Series of seven debates

- Fought for a Senate seat in Illinois

- The debates attracted voters and newspapers from all over the country

- Abraham Lincoln argued that blacks had the rights expressed in the Declaration of Independence

- Stephen Douglas said that our founding fathers intended no such freedoms for blacks

- This created a split in the nation's thoughts about slavery

- Douglas won the race

Source: http://www.ushistory.org/us/32b.asp