Lincoln-Douglas Debate #2
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N 42° 18.031 W 089° 37.186
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Quick Description: Freeport, IL hosted this 2nd debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas for a Senatorial seat.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 11/27/2006 8:13:00 PM
Waymark Code: WM102C
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Corp Of Discovery
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Long Description:
Lincoln and Douglas traveled 10,000 miles for four months and participated in seven face-to-face debates. The second debate occured in Freeport Illinois on August 27, 1858.

Douglas's strategy was to picture Lincoln as a "Black Republican" who wanted to incite civil war, emancipate the slaves, and make blacks the equils of whites. Douglas argued that slavery was a dying institution that had reached its natural limits.

Lincoln regarded slavery as a dynamic institution hungry for new territory. He felt that as slavery spread, it would reduce all laborers to a state of virtual slavery.

Lincoln did lose this election, but gained attention across the nation and made him a serious presidential candidate in 1860.

Location Type: Historic Marker

Property Type: Public

Date of Event: August 27, 1858

Location Notes:
The area where the debate took place has become a small city owned park. No hours were posted.

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