National Geographic : 1960 Feb
I... contemplate slavery as a moral, social and political evil Knox College, at Galesburg, Illinois, heard the Lincoln-Douglas Debate of October 7, 1858. "Of all the damned Whig rascals about Springfield, Abe Lincoln is the ablest and 264 the most honest." Thus Stephen A. Douglas, Democratic veteran of two terms in the United States Senate, sized up his opponent in his 1858 bid for re-election. The campaign kicked off at Chicago in July, and the speeches drew battle lines: Douglas fighting for the principle that western terri tories had the right to vote slavery "up or down"; Lincoln, for the philosophy that slav ery be put "in course of ultimate extinction"