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The Lincoln-Douglas debates : the first complete, unexpurgated text, edited and with an introduction by Harold Holzer

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The Lincoln-Douglas debates : the first complete, unexpurgated text
Title
The Lincoln-Douglas debates
Title remainder
the first complete, unexpurgated text
Statement of responsibility
edited and with an introduction by Harold Holzer
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In the blistering summer of 1858, as America teetered on the brink of disunion, two Illinois politicians seized the nation's attention and gripped it for two extraordinary months. Through the sheer force of their words, personalities, and ideas, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas transformed a local contest for the U.S. Senate into a watershed national debate on the contentious issue of slavery and, indeed, on the principles upon which this country was founded. Yet what Lincoln and Douglas really said in those seminal debates has long been suppressed. At the time, newspapers were blatantly partisan, and though stenographers took down the speeches word for word, editors and transcribers subsequently "improved" their candidate's remarks while printing his opponent's words, warts and all. What has been reprinted ever since are the "improved," inaccurate versions. Harold Holzer has uncovered unedited texts of the debates, and this book will be the first ever to present all seven of them in their unexpurgated entirety. Besides the first true transcription of the debates, Holzer offers, through an Introduction and extensive notes, crystalline portraits of the combatants - their personalities and bearing, their quirks and foibles. Holzer also casts a brilliant light on the "house divided against itself," showing us an America at once exuberant and deeply uncertain about its future. He provides trenchant evocations of the physical and emotional stages on which the debates were set. We glimpse the feverishly enthusiastic audiences that mobbed the debates. We also witness the exceptional fervor with which the entire country followed them. Lincoln and Douglas galvanized a nation and permanently transformed our national consciousness with the speeches they gave during the summer and fall of 1858. To read the words these men actually spoke in their historic confrontation is an opportunity to witness the apex of American political discourse. Here - for the first time in more than 130 years - are those words. Here - at last - is that opportunity
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DLC
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1809-1865
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Lincoln, Abraham
Dewey number
324.9773/03
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E457.4
LC item number
.L776 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1813-1861
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  • Douglas, Stephen A.
  • Holzer, Harold
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  • Lincoln-Douglas Debates (Illinois : 1858)
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debates, Ill., 1858
  • United States
  • Politics and government
  • Illinois
  • United States
Label
The Lincoln-Douglas debates : the first complete, unexpurgated text, edited and with an introduction by Harold Holzer
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Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-381) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A Word on the Texts -- The First Joint Debate at Ottawa, August 21, 1858 -- The Second Joint Debate at Freeport, August 27, 1858 -- The Third Joint Debate at Jonesboro, September 15, 1858 -- The Fourth Joint Debate at Charleston, September 18, 1858 -- The Fifth Joint Debate at Galesburg, October 7, 1858 -- The Sixth Joint Debate at Quincy, October 13, 1858 -- The Seventh Joint Debate at Alton, October 15, 1858 -- Appendix -- Lincoln vs. Douglas: How the State Voted
Control code
ocm26502731
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvii, 394 pages
Isbn
9780060168100
Lccn
92053357
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o26502731
  • (OCoLC)26502731
Label
The Lincoln-Douglas debates : the first complete, unexpurgated text, edited and with an introduction by Harold Holzer
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-381) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A Word on the Texts -- The First Joint Debate at Ottawa, August 21, 1858 -- The Second Joint Debate at Freeport, August 27, 1858 -- The Third Joint Debate at Jonesboro, September 15, 1858 -- The Fourth Joint Debate at Charleston, September 18, 1858 -- The Fifth Joint Debate at Galesburg, October 7, 1858 -- The Sixth Joint Debate at Quincy, October 13, 1858 -- The Seventh Joint Debate at Alton, October 15, 1858 -- Appendix -- Lincoln vs. Douglas: How the State Voted
Control code
ocm26502731
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvii, 394 pages
Isbn
9780060168100
Lccn
92053357
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o26502731
  • (OCoLC)26502731

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