Lincoln-Douglas Quincy Debate

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

Stephen A. Douglas, the incumbent Senator, and Abraham Lincoln, a former congressman and current attorney, met for the sixth 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 Quincy, Illinois. Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Douglas again traded accusations. However, they also talked about more substantive issues including the morality of slavery as an institution and the real meaning of the recently decided Dred Scott case. This sixth debate is most significant for two main reasons. First, this was a summary debate, covering many of the issues raised in the others, ranging from the conspiratorial charges to the moral issues that had become prominent in Galesburg. Second, both men strongly attacked each other. This is very evident when comparing Lincoln’s remarks at Quincy to his more principled stance at Galesburg. This debate occurred on October 13, 1858 from 2:30 to 5:30 pm. Mr. Lincoln spoke for an hour, Mr. Douglas for an hour and a half, and Mr. Lincoln replied for another half hour. Between 10,000 and 15,000 people witnessed the event. In the 1994 re-enactment the following people portrayed the characters: Jack Ingrham (Abraham Lincoln), Gary DeClue (Stephen A. Douglas). close

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Lincoln-Douglas Quincy Debate

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Program ID:
59825-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Debate
Location:
Quincy, Illinois, United States
First Aired:
Oct 9, 1994
Last Aired:
Oct 23, 2007

Airing Details

  • Oct 09, 1994 | 2:53pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Oct 09, 1994 | 6:00pm EDT | C-SPAN.org
  • Oct 10, 1994 | 3:52am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 11, 1994 | 12:53pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 30, 1994 | 3:53am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 30, 1998 | 2:53pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 06, 2001 | 12:50am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Apr 24, 2001 | 12:50am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Sep 26, 2001 | 12:50am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Oct 13, 2004 | 11:50pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Oct 22, 2007 | 8:07pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Oct 23, 2007 | 5:02am EDT | C-SPAN 3
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