New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 1990. Analyzes the candidates' Patterns of argument and reveals how public sentiment itself was transformed through such encounters.
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.
Table of Contents
The Issues and the Men 1 (39)
The Senatorial Campaign 40 (28)
The Conspiracy Argument 68 (43)
The Legal Argument 111(30)
The Historical Argument 141(25)
The Moral Argument 166(32)
The Aftermath of the Debates 198(25)
The Debates and Public Argument 223(24)