"The Lincoln-Douglas Debates"
Tim is the superintendent of the Ulysses S. Grant
National Historic Site.
The Lincoln-Douglas senatorial debates of 1858 marked a
significant crossroads in the political career of Abraham Lincoln. Though he
lost the United States senate seat for Illinois to Stephen A. Douglas, the
debates launched Lincoln into political prominence and eventually contributed
to his successful run for the presidency. This program will focus on Lincoln's
political evolution during the debates through a narrative approach, evaluating
his debate strategy and seemingly inconsistent views on slavery and racial