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1858 Debates



Illinois Senate Debates

Abraham Lincoln (R), Former United States Congressman (IL) and
Stephen A. Douglas (D), United States Senator (IL)

Dates:

August 21, August 27, September 15, September 18, October 7, October 13, October 15

Cities:

Seven Illinois congressional districts: Ottowa, Freeport, Jonesboro, Charleston, Galesburg, Quincy, Alton

Format:

Each debate lasted three hours; first candidate spoke for one hour; the second for one and a half hours; the first replying for a half hour. Candidates alternated going first.

Topics:

Primarily slavery and the Union

Video:

Video reenactment available from C-SpanDebate Videos