Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858

In 1858, a series of seven debates for the Illinois State Senate were held across the state of Illinois between Republican nominee Abraham Lincoln and Democratic nominee Stephen Douglas. The debates served as a precursor for the issues that Lincoln would face in the 1860 presidential election. The debates were well-attended and covered heavily by the press throughout the state. After ;losing the election, Lincoln edited the transcripts for the debates and published them into a book. The success of this publication helped Lincoln secure the Republican party's nomination in the 1860 race. Use the links in the navigational bar to your left in order to read newspaper accounts of the debates as well as commentary by newspaper reporters. 

Funding for this project was provided by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.