By ACWM staff
With the first of three Presidential debates kicking off tonight, comparisons to the most famous debates in American history already abound. Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas engaged in the seven debates while vying for an Illinois Senate seat in 1858. The debates centered on the issue of slavery’s expansion into the territories, and the national notoriety they gained set the stage for the presidential election two years later. We found some interesting articles about the debates that you might enjoy.
The Smithsonian Magazine features a solid historical account of the debates.
If you want to delve even deeper, the Lincoln Home National Historic Site has transcripts of the debates (including boos and cheers from the crowds).
Politico places the Lincoln-Douglas debates in the context of the broader history of American debates.
One USA Today writer claims that modern America would hate the Lincoln-Douglas debate format.