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Thursday
10
MAY

Stephen A. Douglas and the Fate of American Democracy

18:30
20:30
Evergreen Park Public Library
Event organized by Evergreen Park Public Library

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Join SXU professor Graham Peck for a screening of his film Stephen A. Douglas and the Fate of American Democracy' with a book signing to follow. The film tells the extraordinary story of the life and political career of Illinois' famous antebellum Senator, Stephen A. Douglas. Although better known as Abraham Lincoln's rival in the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates, Stephen A. Douglas was the most influential politician of the 1850s, and his career profoundly altered American history. An ardent nationalist, Douglas repeatedly sought to expand the national domain, yet his efforts to do so in 1854 precipitated a catastrophic struggle over the status of slavery and the meaning of American democracy. Featuring five Civil War scholars, 250 period images, and talented reenactors performing voiceover, 'Stephen A. Douglas and the Fate of American Democracy' reminds us that the meaning of American democracy and the fate of the nation is largely a byproduct of our own democratic choices.