Lincoln-Douglas Debates

A Website sponsored by

The Lincoln-Douglas Society
Freeport, Illinois

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The goal of this website is to make more accessible information on the Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858, and to foster an understanding their role in American history and in the history of Freeport, Illinois.


The Lincoln-Douglas Debates consisted of seven (7) public debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas in 1858. Lincoln and Douglas were running of the United States Senate from Illinois. The key issue of the debates was whether or not slavery would be allowed in new territories of the United States.


Students using information from this Website for reports, research projects, or other school assignments, should provide the following citation or footnote for information used:

Finch, Edward. The Lincoln-Douglas Debates. Freeport, Illinois: Lincoln-Douglas Society: 2000. Available from: ; accessed [enter date you used the site].

Authorship Note:

Unless otherwise noted, the information contained on this website was developed and/or written for The Lincoln-Douglas Society of Freeport, Illinois by Dr. Edward F. Finch. Editorial assistance was provided by Mr. Richard F. Sokup, Mr. George A. Buss, and Mr. James B. Winker. This website is maintained by Luedtke Creative Group.

Comments, questions, or suggestions should be directed to Dr. Finch via E-mail: