[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address 54.166.48.3. Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
Citations 0
The Cover
February 11, 2009

Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas—Debate at Charleston, Illinois, September 18, 1858

JAMA. 2009;301(6):578. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.58

On the morning of September 18, 1858, the roads of southeastern Illinois were choked with wagons and dust as an estimated 15 000 people crowded into the small town of Charleston. The occasion was the fourth in a series of seven debates on slavery between Stephen A. Douglas, the powerful senator from Illinois, and Abraham Lincoln, a former US congressman. Though most Illinoisans wanted slavery kept out of their own state, popular opinion was split on the issue of whether the federal government should be able to restrict slavery elsewhere.

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview
×