Turning Points in the Galesburg Debate

David Zarefsky*

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The Lincoln-Douglas debates were, after all, debates. They involved strategies of the debaters, turns in the fortune of argument, and even winners and losers. Allen Guelzo has argued that the first four debates were relatively even as contests, but the last three turned significantly for Lincoln. This essay examines the Galesburg debate as a turning point in the summer and fall of 1858. How did Lincoln take the advantage from Douglas?.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)140-149
Number of pages10
JournalArgumentation and Advocacy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2010


  • debate
  • Douglas
  • Dred Scott decision
  • Lincoln
  • refutation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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