The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

Photograph of Abe Lincoln, 1857. Midwest MS Butcher Bx.42 Fl.#1743.
Photograph of Abe Lincoln, 1857. Midwest MS Butcher Bx.42 Fl.#1743.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Tuesdays, September 16 - November 18

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Led by Robert Sprott

In 1858 Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln, fighting for the Illinois senate seat then held by Douglas, met in seven debates. Focused on the question of slavery and its extension into the western territories, these “joint discussions” went to the very heart of American society and government. More than a century and a half later, they still hold up a mirror wherein we must see and choose what kind of country we will now be.

Robert Sprott holds an MA in anthropology and theology, and a PhD in linguistics. A Catholic priest and a Franciscan, he is associate pastor at St. Victor Church in Calumet City.

Materials List

Required Texts:

  • Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings, 1832-1858 published by the Library of America (ISBN 978-0940450431)

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

<p>Ten sessions, $230. <br /> <a href="http://go.newberry.org/pages/seminars/seminars---f14-lincoln">Register Online</a>.</p>