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Frederick County Civil War Roundtable Meeting

Ongoing Opportunities

  • October 20 at 7 PM

Please join us as Roger G. Swartz presents "The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858." Though Lincoln lost, these debates catapulted Lincoln to the presidency in 1860. In this program, we’ll explore the issue of slavery and the freedman throughout the debates held in 7 towns in Illinois. We’ll delve into the public speaking characteristics of the debaters as well as characteristics of the towns sponsoring these debates for the position of U.S. Senator of Illinois. We’ll explore the reasons Douglas won, retaining his senatorial seat; and how these debates led to Lincoln’s lecture at Cooper Union in New York City on February 27, 1860. This speech made him president.


Free for members, $5 suggested fee for non-members