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|Lincoln-Douglas Book Unveiled at Knox College; FULL AUDIO AVAILABLE HERE
|Two Knox College professors say they've looked at the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates in a way that hasn't really been before now -- just in time for the 150th anniversary of the debates.
Knox held a press conference today (yesterday) to announce the publishing of the newest book edited by Rodney Davis and Douglas Wilson, heads of the college's Lincoln Studies Center, called "The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: The Lincoln Studies Center Edition."
The book is the seventh the two have published on Lincoln. Wilson says for him, he was most interested in taking two different media reports on what was said in the debates and figure out which one was right. "In two distinctly different newspaper texts, both repoted by partisan newspapers, both claiming to be absolutely ver batim -- and both, of course, quite different," Wilson said. "The question is, how can you resolve this? Is there anything we can do to get closer to the words that they actually said?"
Wilson says the solution was simple: do it the way Lincoln did: read the opposite account, which ended up being more accurate.
The book retails for roughly $35 and is available at a number of retailers, including the Knox College bookstore.
To hear the full press conference unveiling the new Knox book, CLICK HERE (mp3 format).
(Douglas Wilson, Lincoln Studies Center Co-Director, and Co-Editor of "The Lincoln-Douglas Debates")
(Rodney Davis, Lincoln Studies Center Co-Director, and Co-Editor of "The Lincoln-Douglas Debates")
(Knox College President Roger Taylor shows a sign hanging in his office, the same area of Old Main where Lincoln is believed to have climbed out a window on to the debate platform. WGIL News Photos by Will Stevenson.)
|09 12 08 by Newsroom
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