Learning Lincoln On-line
FROM-- SET SIX, CIVIL WAR STUDIES
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates-- Task One- What Caused These Debates?
BACKGROUND FOR THE LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATES
Find out what Lincoln and Douglas stood for in the 1858 Senatorial election. Use the resources to determine the "causes" and the platforms for the two candidates.
Complete the table with answers derived from
the resource links
NATIONAL POLITICAL ISSUES STUDY FORM
DEBATES STUDY QUESTIONS: WHAT WERE THE DEBATES AND LINCOLN & DOUGLAS PLATFORMS
Remember the two debaters were running for U.S. Senator, representing Illinois. The big issue of the time was the expansion of slavery. Stephen Douglas was a nationally known Democrat senator. Abraham Lincoln was an Illinois lawyer from Central Illinois with no national recognition.
Question Guides and Answer Form
2. Use the resources to determine the "causes" and the platforms for the two candidates.
3. Complete the table with answers derived from resource information. Write your answers with information from the resource sites, in list form with three for each box.
answers will help in how you respond in your classroom debates.