What was the impact of the Lincoln-Douglas debates?
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The only real impact of the debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in 1858 was that they put Lincoln on the national "map" as a major political figure.
The debates were staged as part of a race between the two men for a seat in the US Senate. Douglas won the election. Even so, the debates catapulted Lincoln into the public eye. They were widely covered by various newspapers because Douglas was such an important national figure. Debating Douglas allowed Lincoln to become much better known and therefore contributed greatly to his becoming president two years later.
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