September 22, 2020
Heading into the presidential candidate debates between incumbent Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden, Fox Nation, the politically-themed subscription streaming video service, will debut feature film Right Makes Might: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates, on Sept. 24 ahead of the first presidential debate of the 2020 elections.
The movie is centered on one of the most famous political debates in U.S. history — a series of events that catapulted a little-known Illinois lawyer (Lincoln) into a presidential candidate. The documentary explores seven senatorial debates between Republican Party candidate Abraham Lincoln and incumbent Democratic Senator Stephen Douglas. Retold using the expertise of history professors from Claremont McKenna College, Washington & Lee University, University of Illinois, Springfield and Princeton University, the film was commissioned by Justin Folk and Madison McQueen Films.
Also known as “The Great Debates of 1858,” the Lincoln-Douglas Debates put on display the two competing ideologies of the 19th century — majority rule versus equality for all. Through each three-hour debate, Lincoln argued against his opponent for an end to slavery, using the values espoused in the Declaration of Independence. As a one-term congressman with few political achievements, the debates thrust Lincoln into the national spotlight and gave him the opportunity to harness his newfound notoriety and launch his presidential campaign two years later.
Right Makes Might explores Lincoln’s journey during the debates, as well as the platform’s wider ramifications in American politics to this day.
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