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History's Great Debates

Great Debates: Niels Bohr takes on Einstein, October 1927

by Erik Fogel | Nov 15, 2017 7:00:00 AM
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein In the world of physics, there are few ...
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Great Debates in History: The Bentsen-Quayle Vice Presidential Debate, October 1988

by Erik Fogel | Nov 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Whether a vice-presidential debate falls into the category of one of the great debates in history is, of course, debatable. These in-between debates have rarely served any other purpose than to ...
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Great Debates: James Baldwin and Malcolm X, September 1963

by Erik Fogel | Nov 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM
"No label, no slogan, no party, no skin color, and indeed, no religion is more important than the human being." - James Baldwin  Both James Baldwin and Malcolm X were heroes of the civil rights ...
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Great Debates in History: Roe v. Wade, how a case on abortion shaped our political landscape

by Erik Fogel | Nov 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM
On October 11, 1972, oral arguments began in what was to become one of the most important legal debates in the history of America. Jane Roe, a pregnant woman from Texas who wanted to obtain an ...
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Great Debates in History: Jackson and Falwell Clash Over Apartheid, September 1985

by Erik Fogel | Nov 1, 2017 9:00:00 AM
On September 4, 1985, Ted Koppel presided over a televised debate on ABC's Nightline between Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Jerry Falwell, during which the two men discussed the issue of South African ...
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Great Debates in History: October 26th 1965, Buckley vs Baldwin

by Erik Fogel | Oct 26, 2017 6:00:00 AM
Today on October 26th in 1965 William F. Buckley and James Baldwin met at the University of Cambridge to debate the topic "Has the American dream been achieved at the expense of the American negro?". ...
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Great Debates: Kennedy and Nixon, October 7th, 1960 (Round #2)

by Erik Fogel | Oct 7, 2017 7:00:00 AM
  In the first ever televised presidential debate in American history, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon faced off for an hour on CBS in front of 70 million viewers. The debate was the first of four ...
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Great Debates in American History: Kennedy vs. Nixon, September 26th 1960 (Round 1)

by The New York City Urban Debate League | Sep 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Today on September 26 is the 56th anniversary of a milestone in American politics: the 1960 John F. Kennedy-Richard M. Nixon nationally televised presidential campaign debates. This was the first of ...
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Great Debates: Buckley and Vidal, August 28th, 1968

by Erik Fogel | Aug 28, 2017 7:00:00 AM
  The August 28th Debate!  William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal were polar opposites. Having debated a number of times beginning in 1962, their relationship culminating in 1968 with an explosive series ...
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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates "Great Debates of 1858", August 21st - October 15th, 1858

by Erik Fogel | Aug 21, 2017 7:00:00 AM
  Between August 21st and October 15th in 1858, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas engaged in a series of seven debates focusing on the controversial subject of slavery in the United States. The two ...
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The Most Famous Debate Tournament of the 20th Century: Kicking off the Vidal-Buckley Debates!

by The New York City Urban Debate League | Aug 6, 2017 10:22:48 AM
  In August, we remember perhaps the most historical debate tournament of the 20th Century. This debate tournament featured 11 rounds of debate, over the course of one month in 1968 during the ...
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