Lincoln-Douglas Ottawa Debate

Stephen A. Douglas, the incumbent senator, and Abraham Lincoln, a former congressman and current attorney, met for the first in a series of… read more

Stephen A. Douglas, the incumbent senator, and Abraham Lincoln, a former congressman and current attorney, met for the first in a series of seven debates for the right to represent Illinois in the Senate. They debated the issues of the day before an outdoor crowd in Ottawa, Illinois. Senator Douglas and Mr. Lincoln traded accusations, Senator Douglas accusing Lincoln of being an abolitionist and Mr. Lincoln accusing Douglas of being for the nationalization of slavery. The main issues were the legal status of slavery as an institution and Senator Douglas' notion of popular sovereignty, i.e., that residents of territories had the right to decide on the status of slavery and other issues for their areas. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Lincoln-Douglas Ottawa Debate

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Program ID:
59729-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Debate
Location:
Ottawa, Illinois, United States
First Aired:
Aug 20, 1994
Last Aired:
Aug 22, 2011

Airing Details

  • Aug 20, 1994 | 2:57pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Aug 20, 1994 | 3:05pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Aug 21, 1994 | 3:58am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Aug 24, 1994 | 11:28am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Nov 06, 1994 | 1:08pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 25, 1994 | 4:10am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 23, 1998 | 3:08pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 23, 2001 | 1:56am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Mar 20, 2001 | 12:26am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 22, 2001 | 12:26am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Sep 08, 2004 | 11:27pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Sep 17, 2007 | 8:05pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Sep 18, 2007 | 5:05am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 20, 2011 | 9:00am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 21, 2011 | 4:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 22, 2011 | 5:00am EDT | C-SPAN 3
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