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It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it… Joseph Joubert

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The Lincoln-Douglas debates  Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln  Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, 2004  Softcover. A selection of two speeches and seven debates originally published in The political debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas in the senatorial campaign of 1858 in Illinois. x, 340 p. ; 22 cm. Clean, tight and strong binding. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG

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Complete texts for all seven debates between the incumbent Democratic senator from Illinois and the 1858 nominee of the infant Republican party. Paving the way for modern debates between political candidates, the events brought Lincoln (who lost the election) to national prominence and helped propel him to the presidency in 1860. Also includes a principal speech by each figure.

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