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LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATE

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Transcript of LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATE

LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATE
HISTORY
1858 Lincoln v. Douglas Debate

Abraham Lincoln debated Stephen A. Douglas

Topic: Slavery

The debate included morals, values, and logic

National Forensic League adopts LD Debate from this style. As Christians, we should strive to be strong "values" debaters.
LD DEBATE - TIME FRAME
AFF Construct - 6 minutes - pre-written/rehearsed case

Cross Ex Questions - Neg to Aff - 3 minutes

Neg Construct - 7 Minutes - 1/2 pre-written and 1/2 response to Aff case

Cross Ex Questions - Aff to Neg - 3 Minutes

Aff Rebuttal - 4 Minutes

Neg Rebuttal - 6 Minutes

Aff Rebuttal/Conclusion - 3 Minutes

Prep Time: 3 minutes per side to be used between rounds but not before Cross X
KEY TERMS
Value - idea that the debaters holds as paramount throughout the debate; central idea upheld thru duration of entire debate

Criterion - standard by which to measure competing values; helps decide which value to uphold

Burden - Aff must prove case true; neg must prove case false

Value Objection - Neg's competing value held as superior to Aff's value

Contention - major arguments/major premises of debate

Evidence - published literature, stats, quotes, studies used to defend an argument

Voting issues - statements used to help judge determine a winner
Always end with: "The weight of argumentation is on the side of the _______ case in today's debate" or "Judge you should vote for the Affirmative or Negative today because ..."

Flow - note taking technique for keeping a rec ord of opponent's arguments


SEPT/OCT LD DEBATE TOPIC
Resolved: Countries ought to prohibit the production of nuclear power.
Possible values - Aff/Neg

Possible Criterions - Aff/Neg

Construct 3 Contentions for Aff
and
3 Contentions for Neg

Begin building evidence for each contention
EXAMPLE VALUES
1. Utlitarianism: the moral action is determined by what is in the best interest of a majority.
(Ends justify the means - for a majority's benefit)

2. Deontology - (Deon - Duty) - the moral action is determined by what one has a moral obligation, duty, or responsibility to do

3. Morality - often the best general value when the word "should" or "ought" is in the resolution.

4. Virtue Ethics - uphold a particular standard of morality to specifically apply to the case
Liberty - Freedom
Justice
Fairness
Equality
Security
Life
Quality of Life

How many virtues can you list?

Note:
1) Always argue that your value is the best value for the debate
OR
2) If you are the Neg, you can steal the opponent's value and show how it is better used in Negation than in Affirmation of the case.
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