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Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, "The Charleston Debate," September 21, 1858

"The Charleston Debate," Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, September 21, 1858
In towns across Illinois, the debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas were the highlight events of 1858. The fourth debate at Charleston was no different and the Chicago Tribune reported the presence of a large and enthusiastic crowd. According to the Republican paper, the debate itself was a “great triumph” for Lincoln and his strongest effort yet. The Tribune described Lincoln’s speech as a “wholly new argument” while Douglas’ was old and rehearsed. The paper concluded its introduction to the debate text with a comment on the affordability of Douglas’ speaking practices; although the reporter admitted it was their business. (By Ben Lyman)


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