Lincoln-douglas debates

A series of debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas in 1858, when both were campaigning for election to the United States Senate from Illinois. Much of the debating concerned slavery and its extension into territories such as Kansas. The debates transformed Lincoln into a national figure and led to his election to the presidency in 1860.


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  • Lincolnesque

    [ling-kuh-nesk] /ˌlɪŋ kəˈnɛsk/ adjective 1. like or characteristic of Abraham Lincoln: a Lincolnesque compassion.

  • Lincoln-green

    noun 1. an olive-green color. 2. British Obsolete. a forester’s outfit, perhaps of bright green: clad in Lincoln green. noun 1. 2. a cloth of this colour

  • Lincolnian

    [ling-koh-nee-uh n] /lɪŋˈkoʊ ni ən/ adjective 1. of or relating to Abraham , his character, or his political principles.

  • Lincolniana

    [ling-koh-nee-an-uh, -ah-nuh, ling-kuh-] /lɪŋˌkoʊ niˈæn ə, -ˈɑ nə, ˌlɪŋ kə-/ plural noun 1. materials pertaining to Abraham , as objects, writings, or anecdotes.

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