Charleston in Coles County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Lincoln-Douglas Debate at Charleston
The campaign centered on the issue of slavery in the Federal territories. Was the institution to be extended into the territories and new slaves states created or not? Lincoln as the Republican candidate opposed the extension of slavery while Douglas as the Democratic incumbent defended his doctrine of "Popular Sovereignty, which held that the residents of the territories should decide the slavery issue for themselves. It was during the Charleston debate that Lincoln denied Douglas' charge that he favored social and political equality for African-Americans. He opposed slavery but took the position that whites should maintain "a superior position"- a statement that
Lincoln won the popular vote but lost the election since the Democrats controlled the Illinois Senate, and state legislatures at that time elected United States Senators. Although Douglas was reelected the debates positioned Lincoln to win the presidency two years later.
Erected 2008 by Coles County Historical Society and the Illinois State Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Communications. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 18, 1858.
Location. 39° 29.795′ N, 88° 11.219′ W. Marker is in Charleston, Illinois, in Coles County. Marker is on E Street, 0.1 miles south of West State Street (Illinois Route 316), on the right when traveling south. The marker is located on the west side of the Lincoln Douglas Debate Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 126 E Street, Charleston IL 61920, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rally After the Debate / Lincoln in Coles County (approx. 0.6 miles away); Tribute of Coles County in Honor of Her Sons Who Fought for the Union (approx. 0.6 miles away); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial DistrictColes County War Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Coles County Courthouse (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Charleston Riot (approx. 0.7 miles away); Moore House (approx. 7.1 miles away); The Reuben Moore Home (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
Also see . . . Fourth Debate: Charleston, Illinois.
Answering Douglas' charge made in Jonosboro that he favored racial equality Lincoln explained his views on race. Lincoln then charged that Douglas was plotting to create a constitution for Kansas without allowing it to be voted upon by the people of Kansas. Lincoln gave a detailed "history" of the 'Nebraska Bill' [Kansas-Nebraska Act] and explained a conspiracy existed to nationalize slavery. Source: National Parks Service(Submitted on October 25, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
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