Hampton Roads Debate
2021 — NSDA Campus, VA/US
Lincoln-Douglas debate or L-D has its origins in the political debates of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in 1858 from which it takes its name. L-D is one-on-one debating as opposed to team debating. In addition, L-D debaters consider propositions of value rather than propositions of policy.
These characteristics of L-D are designed to encourage thoughtful consideration of society’s values and to discourage debates that become bogged down in questions of the workability of a particular policy or its consequences (disadvantages).