Saturday, April 12, 2014

Commemorating the Lincoln-Douglas Debates

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 were a series of seven debates between Abraham Lincoln, the Republican candidate for the Senate in Illinois, and Senator Stephen Douglas, the Democratic Party candidate. The main issue discussed in all seven debates was slavery. The debates were held in seven different Illinois: Ottawa on August 21, Freeport on August 27, Jonesboro on September 15, Charleston on September 18, Galesburg on October 7, Quincy on October 13, and Alton on October 15.

Above is a maximum card with a stamp commemorating the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. The stamp was issued on August 27, 1958 in Freeport, the centennial of the debate held in Freeport. The postcard commemorates the 1959 sesquicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth.

The postcard below commemorates the October 7 debate in Galesburg.

The back of the above postcard has a cancellation on October 7, 1958, the centennial of the Galesburg debate at Knox College.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps at Viridian's Postcard Blog


  1. Very interesting stamp and information.

  2. Thank you for this choice - a good one! I think Knox College is proud of hosting a debate, even now.

  3. Those people in the audience look quite thoughtful and bemused and not at all an unruly, loud group that might be expected for such a heated debate.


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