The Douglass-Lincoln Debates

The Douglass-Lincoln Debates

February 19, 2014 12:00 ET
FRC's Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, Bob Morrison, will discuss the relationship between President Lincoln and Abolitionist Editor/Orator Frederick Douglass in a lecture titled: The Douglass-Lincoln Debates. Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass never faced each other on a public stage, as Lincoln famously did with Illinois' Democratic Sen. Stephen A. Douglas in what history terms the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. Still, Frederick Douglass did engage the first Republican president in debates. Frederick Douglass spoke, wrote, and buttonholed leading political figures of his day in opposition to Lincoln policies in five distinct areas. When Lincoln was moved by the logic of events to embrace

FRC's Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, Bob Morrison, will discuss the relationship between President Lincoln and Abolitionist Editor/Orator Frederick Douglass in a lecture titled: The Douglass-Lincoln Debates. Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass never faced each other on a public stage, as Lincoln famously did with Illinois' Democratic Sen. Stephen A. Douglas in what history terms the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. Still, Frederick Douglass did engage the first Republican president in debates. Frederick Douglass spoke, wrote, and buttonholed leading political figures of his day in opposition to Lincoln policies in five distinct areas. When Lincoln was moved by the logic of events to embrace policies advocated by Douglass, he vocally gave his support. It was a fast-moving, ever-changing scene. Morrison will show parallels between the role of "outside" groups -- like the abolitionists and church-based organizations of the 1860s -- and the role such groups play in today's ongoing public policy debates. If history truly is the lamp of experience, then the better we know it, the better we can see the path ahead.

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FRC's Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, Bob Morrison, will discuss the relationship between President Lincoln and Abolitionist Editor/Orator Frederick Douglass in a lecture titled: The Douglass-Lincoln Debates. Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass never faced each other on a public stage, as Lincoln famously did with Illinois' Democratic Sen. Stephen A. Douglas in what history terms the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. Still, Frederick Douglass did engage the first Republican president in debates. Frederick Douglass spoke, wrote, and buttonholed leading political figures of his day in opposition to Lincoln policies in five distinct areas. When Lincoln was moved by the logic of events to embrace policies advocated by Douglass, he vocally gave his support. It was a fast-moving, ever-changing scene. Morrison will show parallels between the role of "outside" groups -- like the abolitionists and church-based organizations of the 1860s -- and the role such groups play in today's ongoing public policy debates. If history truly is the lamp of experience, then the better we know it, the better we can see the path ahead.

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