National Park Service

The Civil War: 150 Years. National Park Service Sesquicentennial Commemoration.

Then: June 3, 1861

Death of a Statesman

Stephen A. Douglas

Stephen Douglas was among the greatest legislators of the 1850s, but his controversial views split up the Democratic Party and enabled Lincoln to win the presidential race.

Now: September 26, 2008

The Legacy of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates

Obama and McCain Presidential Debate

Though the format is considerably changed from the original, modern presidential debates trace their roots to the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.

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