May 4, 2021

Today in History: Political Debates

Here we go again
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.

Political Cartoons and Public Debates primary source set & teacher’s guide

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

Illinois Political Campaign of 1858 : Lincoln-Douglas Debates Edited by Abraham Lincoln 1858

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

The political debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas in the senatorial campaign of 1858 in Illinois 1912

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates c 1918

Political Speeches and Debates of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas, 1854-1861 1895

Letters related to the Lincoln-Douglas debates

Lincoln scrapbook of Lincoln-Douglas debates

The Path to the Presidency: Presidential Debates Teaching with the Library of Congress blog September 11, 2012

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

The Great Debate Between Hayne and Webster 1898

Speech in reply to Hayne 1890

Gold Standard Debate 1896 map

1920 election campaign speeches audio with transcripts

Kennedy Nixon debates historical 1960 newspaper coverage

The Great Debates of Nixon and Kennedy from America’s Library

Gerald Ford presidential debate images

Historical newspaper coverage: president election debate

Presidential debates 1960 to present American Presidency project

Presidential debates legislation

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) website archive from September 8, 2000 to May 3, 2017

Encouraging Student Exploration of the Power of Political Symbolism through Suffrage Cartoons Teaching with the Library of Congress December 1, 2020

Primary Source Learning: Presidential Elections

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