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    Stephen A. Douglas

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    Stephen A. Douglas was born in Brandon, Vermont on April 23, 1813. His father, a young physician of high standing, died suddenly when Stephen was two months old, and the widow with her two children retired to a farm near Brandon. This is where Stephen lived with her until he was fifteen years old. He attended school during the three winter months and working on the farm the remainder of the year. He wanted to earn his own living so he went to Middlebury and became an apprentice in the cabinetmaking

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    Lincoln-Douglas Debate

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    place in history arguably leaves an effect that lasts much longer than just the initial outcome. The Lincoln Douglas Debates are by far one of the truest examples of this happening. The seven debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas that took place in 1858 had extreme importance in Illinois that created effects that decided the presidential election of 1860. The Lincoln Douglas debates were a series of several debates that took place all over the state of Illinois. In these debates, two

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    Sovereignty and Stephen A. Douglas

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    a national one. They will help preserve our union, and help stray us away from the outbreak of a civil war. Literature Cited- 1."Military History Online - Stephen Douglas and Applied Popular Sovereignty." Military History Online - Stephen Douglas and Applied Popular Sovereignty. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 May 2014. "Stephen A. Douglas." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 05 Dec. 2014. Web. 13 May 2014.

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    debates that were had regarding slavery, none were more significant than the ones between Democrat candidate Stephen A. Douglas and Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln, who have debated against each other for 20 years prior. The two would duke it out seven times in debates throughout the 1850s, resulting in a political feud of the ages. The two were very different from one another. Douglas, short in stature but not in force (dubbed “the Little Giant”), was, according to Eric Niderost in his article

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    Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen

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    conflicts, pain, creditability, or human interest"(Lies p.9). Several examples, including the lions from our history, in Pageant include Christopher Columbus, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Woodrow Wilson. Others are defamed, like Stephen A. Douglas, and John Brown. In Pageant Christopher Columbus is one of the first people named as relevant to our history. He is built up as a hero, with words such as "a man of vision, energy, resourcefulness, and courage" used to describe him (Pageant

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    debate in America. Specifically, it became a main focus in the Lincoln- Douglas debates. This essay will discuss how Stephen Douglas believed that whites were superior to blacks, and that Lincoln was trying to create division in the country by not agreeing with the court's decisions about Dred Scott and slavery. Also, Abraham Lincoln's belief that the Dred Scott decision was part of a conspiracy by Judge Taney, Buchannan, and Douglas to make slavery spread in the west and, in time, make the whole nation

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    James Buchanan

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    James Buchanan grew up from being a nine-year-old child sitting on a stool behind the counter of his father’s store as the store’s record keeper in Pennsylvania, to the man sitting in the White House as the 15th President (Donovan 1-112). As the store’s record keeper, Buchanan spent most of his time calculating with one eye closed because he was extremely near sighted in one eye (Donovan 1-112). Buchanan worked hard for his Scotish-Irish parents and while working, he learned about politics from local

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    and Utah were all territories becoming states and none were willing to lend themselves to slavery. Debate over these territories raged on in congress until 1850 when a compromise was proposed by Henry Clay. The compromise passed by Senator Stephen A. Douglas, allowed California to be admitted as a free state and abolished the slave trade in the District of Columbia. As a concession to the south, congress also passed the Fugitive Slave Law and gave the New Mexico Territory the ability to determine

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    The Lincoln-Douglas Debates are considered among “the most significant statements in American political history” (Johannsen). The debates derived from the senatorial campaign in 1858 between Stephen Douglas, the Democratic senator, and Abraham Lincoln, the Republican candidate. The two politicians debated publicly throughout seven of Illinois’ nine congressional districts. By Election Day on November 2nd, Illinois citizens were aware of the primary issues of each man’s political stance (Schulmeister)

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    against Stephen Douglas for Senate (Digital History). It was at that moment Lincoln accepted the Republican nomination when he said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this Government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free” (Purdue University). Lincoln felt that the Union would not fall, but he did think that would stop being divided. Stephen Douglas was known as Democratic incumbent. Douglas was a short, stocky, little man nicknamed, “Little Giant”. Douglas brought

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