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.
"The Galesburg Debate," Galesburg (IL) Democrat, October 9, 1858, in Edwin Erle Sparks, ed., The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1908), 372-376.
The Galesburg Debate
Transcription adapted from The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 (1908), edited by Edwin Erle Sparks
Adapted by David Park, Dickinson College