September 18, 2018

Today in History: Political Debates

Today in History–October 21–the Library of Congress features political debates, highlighting the final round of the Kennedy-Nixon presidential debate which was televised on this day in 1960. Learn more about these “Great Debates“, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, and the role of radio in presidential debates and addresses of the 1920s and 1930s by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below to access more related primary sources.

The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution

Political debates between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas, in the celebrated campaign of 1858 in Illinois (1860)

The Lincoln-Douglas debates (c 1918)

Letters related to the Lincoln-Douglas debates

Lincoln scrapbook of Lincoln-Douglas debates

The great debate between Hayne and Webster (1898)

Daniel Webster addressing the United States Senate, in the great debate of the Constitution and the Union 1850 (print)

1920 election campaign speeches (audio with transcripts)

Gerald Ford presidential debate images

Historic newspaper coverage: president election debate 1836-1922

Presidential debates legislation

Primary Source Learning: Presidential Elections

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