The story of a pivotal event in American history!

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In 1858, the race for the Illinois seat of the United States Senate was between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. They held a series of seven debates throughout the state, but the fifth one is considered by many scholars to be the turning point in Lincoln's political career. Using a combination of colorful storyboards, along with photographs and newspaper clippings as primary source materials, and engaging activities, your students will learn about the event itself and the surprising ways the debates have been commemorated since then.


  • Narrated storyboards tell the important story.

  • Most activity instructions are provided by video.

  • A variety of activities to accommodate different interests and learning styles.

  • An online, self-grading, multiple-choice Quick Quiz completes every chapter.

  • Lessons and activities utilize primary source materials.

  • "Fun Facts" are a part of the lessons, too!

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This course includes:
  • 17 minutes exclusive on-demand video

  • Full lifetime access

  • Additional video links

  • Access on mobile and TV

  • Certificate of completion