Lincoln Douglas Debate

Lincoln-Douglas debate(LD) is a one-on-one debate category. LD debate is practiced in National Speech and Debate Association(NSDA) competitions. There are key factors that differentiate LD debate from Public forum debate. Check out at Public Forum debate.




NSDA named this particular debate competition Lincoln-Douglas debate for the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. During the debate, they argued on slavery, morals, and values. Due to the characteristics of the famous 1858 debate, LD debate deals more with logic, philosophy and ethical values(logos, pathos, and ethos). This is why LD is often called “Values Debate”.

In general, students with strong philosophical thinking ability tend to enjoy LD more than PoFo and show good results in competitions.

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