Lincoln-Douglas Debates Essay

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Lincoln/Douglas Debates: 7th Debate The 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debates pushed the United States farther from unionization at that time. Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas argued in different areas of Illinois from August until October, both eager for a place in the United States Senate. Douglas, the “Little Giant” of the Northern Democratic Party, accepted a contest from Lincoln, a Republican politician of Illinois, in debating mostly slavery in 7 different congressional districts, concluding with a debate in Alton, Illinois. These debates would eventually play a part in Lincoln’s future presidency and his war with slavery. Much of the debating was over Popular Sovereignty concerning the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Popular Sovereignty reinforced the idea of the people choosing whether or not to endorse slavery in the westward expansion. On October 15, 1858, the two politicians disputed over Popular Sovereignty, and whether or not the country could endure being united. Douglas supported this concept of Popular Sovereignty, while Lincoln, an abolitionist, did not. During the debating they differed on whether or not the Declaration of Independence supported slavery. Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Lincoln sensed that a nation that is divided into both free and slave states would ultimately end up divided into two distinct unions, while Douglas felt that it could survive that way. During the debating over slavery and whether or not it should be divided between the states or set as free or slave as a full nation, they also brought up the Dred Scott case. Dred Scott was a slave that sought after his freedom, after he was sold by his master’s widow. Because he had lived for so long in Illinois and Wisconsin, he was technically considered a free slave. Scott went to trial in circuit courts, state courts, and finally the Supreme Court. The bias
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