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Chapter 24. Debate and Parliamentary Pro... > Parliamentary Procedure - Pg. 206

Debate and Parliamentary Procedure 206 Encores and Exits The Lincoln-Douglas debate format takes its name from the series of seven famous debates in 1858 between Illinois senatorial candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. The debates, which propelled Lincoln into national prominence, largely concerned the issue of slavery in the territories. Throughout the debates, Douglas maintained his belief in "popular sovereignty," the right of the territories to determine local institutions. Lincoln argued the contrary and asserted that slavery was an absolute wrong. In so doing, he fused the Abo- litionist concept of slavery as a moral evil to the platform of a major political party and changed the course of American history. Defeated in the Senate race, Lincoln was elected President two years later. See why debate is a crucial skill to acquire? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. You're trying to convince the judge, not your opponents, so address the judge rather than the opposing team. To help you maintain eye contact with the judge, know your material cold. Even though you're under time constraints, don't be a speed demon. Use the same rate of speech you'd use for any pubic speaking situation. Go for quality over quantity. Don't try to squeeze in extra arguments (though you do want to have extra arguments handy, just in case). Be dynamic and forceful when you present your case.