The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: The First Complete Unexpurgated Text

By: Holzer, Harold

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First edition. Top edge lightly foxed, ink gift note on front endpaper, faint wrinkle to base of a few pages. 2004 Hard Cover. xvii, [3], 394, [2] pp. 8vo. Published together in their original form for the first time, the seven Lincoln-Douglas debates are presented in their entirety, free of editing and embellishment. Those who have read the debates between Lincoln and Douglas that took place during the 1858 Senate race in Illinois may not have read what was actually said. The authenticity of the texts has always been in dispute, with the political presses of the day polishing the prose of their candidate and Lincoln himself publishing a sanitized version two years later. The editor of this volume (coeditor, with Mario Cuomo, of Lincoln on Democracy , LJ 10/15/90), claims to present the first authentic texts of the seven confrontations. Interspersed are shouted comments from the crowds, background on the sites, and renditions of how the debates may have appeared. What emerges is a vivid, boisterous picture of politics during our most divisive period: the dull ineloquence of Lincoln and his interplay with hecklers, the blatant bigotry and slashing humor of Douglas, and the small degree to which campaigning has changed in 135 years. This fresh, fascinating examination of a significant step in our march toward the Civil War deserves a place in all American history collections. - Library Journal

Title: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: The First Complete Unexpurgated Text

Author: Holzer, Harold

Categories: American Presidents, 19th Century,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Simon and Schuster: 2004

ISBN Number: 0060168102

ISBN Number 13: 9780060168100

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 2291397

Keywords: ABRAHAM LINCOLN BIOGRAPHY AMERICAN PRESIDENTS HISTORY PRESIDENTIAL STEPHEN DOUGLAS DEBATES POLITICAL POLITICS,