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Lincoln Douglas Debate (LD) is a debate format used in the United States by the National Forensic League (NFL). LD debates are value debates, covering both American and international topics . An LD topic is stated as a resolution. For example, "Resolved: Hate crime enhancements are unjust in the United States." The name "Lincoln Douglas Debate" comes from the 1858 Illinois senatorial debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas.

Lincoln Douglas Debate Topics

Below is a list of current LD topics. For a complete list of Lincoln Douglas Resolution pages, view Category:Lincoln-Douglas Debate Topics.

2008-2009 Topics
Possible Future Topics
  1. Resolved: Governments ought to make economic reparations for their country’s historical injustices.
  2. Resolved: In the United States, jury nullification is a legitimate check on government.
  3. Resolved: Successor governments ought to pursue transitional justice through truth and reconciliation commissions rather than through criminal prosecution.
  4. Resolved: International lenders ought to cancel the debt of highly indebted poor countries..
  5. Resolved: In the United States, plea bargaining in exchange for testimony is unjust.
  6. Resolved: Public health concerns justify government violation of pharmaceutical patents
Past Topics

2007-2008 Topics

A complete list of past NFL LD topics can be found on the NFL website.

Learn More About Lincoln Douglas Debate

This is the portal page for the topic Lincoln Douglas Debate. From here, you can find a number of links to information regarding LD Debate in general, LD Resolution Topics from the NFL, and resources for LD debaters.

A complete list of Debatepedia articles related to this topic can be found at Category:Lincoln Douglas Debate.
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