A House Dividing: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 by Stephen Berry

A House Dividing: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858

byStephen Berry

Paperback | September 28, 2015

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A House Dividing: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 updates the Lincoln-Douglas debates for the sound-bite era. Instead of 100,000 words, this volume in the Dialogues in History series gives students 20,000 words from the debates. Rather than long, uncontested ramblings, it offers rapid-fireaccusations and responses. Despite their reputations as intellectual heavyweights, Lincoln and Douglas were not above mudslinging; their arguments prove surprisingly studded with ad hominem attacks, political grandstanding, and gross appeals to the candidates' respective bases.Historians generally agree on Civil War causality: a disagreement over the right of slaveholding in the territories caused secession; a disagreement over the right of secession caused the Civil War. A House Dividing places these political disagreements at the center of the narrative. Watching thecut-and-thrust of past political theater draws students into discussions of the continued importance of the political process as the place where the national agenda is set and executed.

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Stephen Berry is Amanda and Greg Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era at the University of Georgia. He is the author or editor of several books, including Weirding the War: Stories from the Civil War's Ragged Edges (2011) and House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, A Family Divided by War (2009).
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Title:A House Dividing: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858Format:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.51 inPublished:September 28, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199389969

ISBN - 13:9780199389964

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Table of Contents

Editors' PrefaceIntroduction: Debating America1. Ottawa2. Freeport3. Jonesboro4. Charleston5. Galesburg6. Quincy7. AltonEpilogue: Lincoln at Cooper UnionConclusion: Lincoln Explains America to ItselfBibliographical Essay

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"A House Dividing injects an energy and relatable excitement into the debates long lacking in other works." --Cheryl A. Wells, University of Wyoming