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Library JournalQuitt resurrects the singular events of Stephen A. Douglas’s personal and political life beyond the celebrated 1858 debates with Lincoln and his painful defeat in the 1860 presidential election. He covers “the Little Giant’s” meager youth in Vermont made worse by unresolved family issues, his delicate constitution, and demanding early employment. In Illinois, Douglas hit his stride, serving in a number of state offices before winning a seat in Congress at age 28 and in the U.S. Senate four years later. Quitt traces Douglas’s attempt to walk a fine line on tKarl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA
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