--"state sovereignty" or popular sovereignty, vs. the right of
Federal Government to control slavery in a territory are the
topics of the first Debate
explanations of how each candidate stands on these two
The candidates discuss the ideas of whether a territory can make
the decision about slavery before the it becomes a state.
Should the constitution of the state be where the slavery issue
each candidate relates to these two thoughts.
Douglas believed that the Founding Fathers made this country
half slave and half free. Lincoln argues that they did not
introduce slavery and were not satisfied with it as
shown by the Northwest Ordinance.
description of how each candidate thought in relation to their
Slavery was the chief issue that Lincoln thought was causing
great harm to the country.
each of the candidates stood in relation to slavery and the
future of the country.
Explain how each candidate related to the Dred Scoitt Decision.
Explain how each candidate claimed the high moral ground in
The candidates take opposite positions on the humanity of the
black man. Explain how each candidate defined his position