A new voice
emergence <ul><li>Into the discussion of slavery in Kansas came the mid-term elections of 1858. </li></ul>
emergence <ul><li>Stephen Douglas  of Illinois, the man who developed the Kansas-Nebraska Act and, was, in the minds of ma...
emergence <ul><li>He had opposed the Lecompton Constitution that was drawn up by the pro-slavery minority of the populatio...
emergence <ul><li>He was similar to the majority of white Americans who believed that whites were superior to African Amer...
emergence <ul><li>The Republican Party in Illinois nominated a candidate to run against that had very little experience as...
emergence <ul><li>Abraham Lincoln  was born in Kentucky, taught himself to read by reading the Bible, held a number of dif...
emergence <ul><li>Douglas and Lincoln squared off in a series of debates around the state that quickly became nation-wide ...
Read the account of the debates that you have been handed and then discuss any inconsistencies that you might see between ...
results <ul><li>Through the debates, Lincoln showed that Douglas really did not understand the idea of “popular sovereignt...
results <ul><li>Douglas continued to hold on to the idea that majority rule would be able to include or exclude slavery as...
results <ul><li>Lincoln, while he shared the same negative opinion as Douglas on the issue of political racial equality, r...
results <ul><li>He also made it very obvious with his statement  “a house divided against itself cannot stand”  that he kn...
results <ul><li>In the end, Douglas won re- election to the Senate, but Lincoln was the big winner, as he became a player ...
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Lincoln douglas debates

  1. 1. A new voice
  2. 2. emergence <ul><li>Into the discussion of slavery in Kansas came the mid-term elections of 1858. </li></ul>
  3. 3. emergence <ul><li>Stephen Douglas of Illinois, the man who developed the Kansas-Nebraska Act and, was, in the minds of many people, responsible for what was happening in Kansas. </li></ul>
  4. 4. emergence <ul><li>He had opposed the Lecompton Constitution that was drawn up by the pro-slavery minority of the population of Kansas both because his idea of “popular sovereignty” forced him to and the people of Illinois did not want Kansas as a slave state. </li></ul>
  5. 5. emergence <ul><li>He was similar to the majority of white Americans who believed that whites were superior to African Americans and tolerated slavery because it was the kind of society and government the people had selected. </li></ul>
  6. 6. emergence <ul><li>The Republican Party in Illinois nominated a candidate to run against that had very little experience as a politician but knew what to say. </li></ul>
  7. 7. emergence <ul><li>Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky, taught himself to read by reading the Bible, held a number of different jobs including being a rail splitter, became a lawyer and began his practice in Springfield, Illinois, the state’s capital. </li></ul>
  8. 8. emergence <ul><li>Douglas and Lincoln squared off in a series of debates around the state that quickly became nation-wide for their intensity around the issue of slavery. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Read the account of the debates that you have been handed and then discuss any inconsistencies that you might see between what you know of both men’s positions on the issue of slavery.
  10. 10. results <ul><li>Through the debates, Lincoln showed that Douglas really did not understand the idea of “popular sovereignty” in light of the Dred Scott decision. </li></ul>
  11. 11. results <ul><li>Douglas continued to hold on to the idea that majority rule would be able to include or exclude slavery as they wished in the territories, which the Supreme Court had said was not true. </li></ul>
  12. 12. results <ul><li>Lincoln, while he shared the same negative opinion as Douglas on the issue of political racial equality, realized that slavery was morally wrong. </li></ul>
  13. 13. results <ul><li>He also made it very obvious with his statement “a house divided against itself cannot stand” that he knew that the United States could not survive with half of the nation allowing slavery and the other half against it. </li></ul>
  14. 14. results <ul><li>In the end, Douglas won re- election to the Senate, but Lincoln was the big winner, as he became a player on the national stage because of his ability to express his view and his moral convictions. </li></ul>

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