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House Dividing : The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 (Paperback) (Stephen Berry)

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A House Dividing: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 updates the Lincoln-Douglas debates for the sound-bite era. Instead of 100,000 words, this volume in the Dialogues in Historiesseries gives students 20,000 words from the debates. Rather than long, uncontested ramblings, it offers rapid-fire accusations and responses. Despite their reputations as intellectual heavyweights, Lincoln and Douglas were not above mudslinging; their arguments prove surprisingly studded with ad hominem attacks, political grandstanding, and gross appeals to the candidates' respective bases.Historians generally agree on Civil War causality: a disagreement over the right of slaveholding in the territories caused secession; a disagreement over the right of secession caused the Civil War.A House Dividing places these political disagreements at the center of the narrative. Watching the cut-and-thrust of past political theater draws students into discussions of the continued importance of the political process as the place where the national agenda is set and executed.
Number of Pages: 108
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877), United States / 19th Century
Series Title: Dialogues in History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Author: Stephen Berry
Language: English
Street Date: September 14, 2015
TCIN: 50340226
UPC: 9780199389964
Item Number (DPCI): 248-05-9908
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