Lincoln, Douglas, and Slavery: In the Crucible of Public Debate / Edition 2

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Overview

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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Zarefsky (communication studies, Northwestern U.) examines the argument patterns and rhetorical strategy of the two candidates during their seven encounters in 1858, explaining why the debates steered away from the central moral issue and how they courted their listeners' sympathies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226978765
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 567,274
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. The Issues and the Men
2. The Senatorial Campaign
3. The Conspiracy Argument
4. The Legal Argument
5. The Historical Argument
6. The Moral Argument
7. The Aftermath of the Debates
8. The Debates and Public Argument Notes Bibliography Index

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