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Galesburg (IL) Democrat, "The Galesburg Debate," October 9, 1858

Reports showed that scores of people travelled to witness the debates, creating quite a spectacle. This article from the Galesburg Democrat illustrated the fanfare of the Galesburg Debate. The writer drew a scene that began with the public’s reception of Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. Supporters of each man came bearing banners with slogans heralding their candidate. Without stating it explicitly, the report painted Lincoln supporters in the majority as signs such as “We Will Subdue You Stephen A. Douglas,” and “Knox College Lincoln” stretched across buildings.


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