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Lincoln-Douglas Debates (Jordan, 1991)


Winthrop D. Jordan, Miriam Greenblatt, and John S. Bowes, The Americans: A History (Evanston, Illinois: McDougal, Little & Company, 1991), 348.

Although short and stocky, Douglas was called the Little Giant by his admirers. He dressed in the latest fashion, including a colorful vest…By contrast, Abraham Lincoln was extremely tall and thin. He seemed even taller because of his stove-pipe hat, in which he kept his notes and other pieces of paper. He appeared plain and even awkward as he stood solemnly  addressing the crowds. His clothes were far from fashionable and were usually rumpled. He often slept in them because he traveled in a regular railway car. When speaking, Lincoln talked in direct and plain language.
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