Married a woman named Mary Todd increasing his social standing Served one term

Married a woman named mary todd increasing his social

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Married a woman named Mary Todd, increasing his social standing Served one term as a Whig Congressmen from 1847-1849 Maintained an interest in politics, especially the Republican party Douglas knew his constituents well, and branded Lincoln a dangerous radical Lincoln decided that he needed to do something so he challenged Douglas to a series of debates Lincoln was an unknown, and granting him the debate would give Lincoln much more public standing They met in 7 of the 9 districts for debates in the summer of 1858 These debates became a defining event in American politics Crystallized the differences that had been emerging between not only Lincoln and Douglas but also the south and the north Douglas didn’t view slavery as a moral issue, he was just concerned about what the people wanted in each territory
Lincoln though slavery was independent of what the residents of the area wanted By making it a moral issue, Lincoln wasn’t presenting a new idea. He said it in a very practical, non-accusatory tone Douglas got reelected Though Lincoln was defeated, he did put Douglas on the defensive

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