Lincoln scholars release newest edition of Lincoln-Douglas Debates

From the Peoria Journal Star:

In conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln Douglas debates, the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College and the University of Illinois Press announced the first critical edition of the debate texts on Friday.

“The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: The Lincoln Studies Edition” is co-edited by Rodney O. Davis and Douglas L. Wilson, who are also co-directors of the Lincoln Studies Center and have both published several books and articles on Lincoln’s life and works.

“This is the fullest and most dependable edition of the Lincoln-Douglas debates ever prepared,” said Willis Regier, director of the University of Illinois Press.

The book provides a full text of the debates and pulled from all known records rather than rely on the widely-varied newspaper reports of the time. It also features extensive introductory material and commentary.

“We committed ourselves to a reader friendly version,” Davis said. “We are confident the text comes more closely to any previous text, to what the debaters actually said. We are hopeful that this will become the standard text for study of the debates.”