assignment 9 online


Read the primary document on p. 390-391, in the textbook, Give Me Liberty! – From the Lincoln-Douglas Debates (1858)

Answer the following questions:

How do Lincoln and Douglas differ in their perspectives about what rights African Americans are entitled to enjoy?

Why does Lincoln believe the nation cannot exist forever half-slave and half-free, whereas Douglas believes it can?

How does each of these speakers balance the rights of each state to manage its own affairs (states’ rights) against the rights of every person to be free?