Lincoln, Douglas, and Slavery: In the Crucible of Public Debate

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University of Chicago Press, Dec 15, 1990 - Political Science - 324 pages
Winner of the Speech Communication's Winans-Wichelns Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address. Zarefsky examines the dynamics of the seven 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates, placing them in historical context and explaining the complicated issue of slavery in the territories, their focal point. He elucidates the candidates' arguments, analyzes their rhetorical strategies, and shows how public sentiment is transformed.

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About the author (1990)

David Zarefsky is dean of the School of Speech and professor of communication studies at Northwestern University.

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