Lincoln-Douglas Debate

LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATE GUIDE

Forget the confusion of books that assume you already know the subject. This clearly written guide covers all the basics of LD debate. It closely examines case construction step by step. It provides great instruction on the following subjects and others, as well as giving you sample cases, forms, definitions, and a bibliography. A book that has been utilized in debate camps, it makes a great classroom text for debate students

Format and Speaker Duties

Case Construction

Cross Examination

Refutation

Communication

Examining Resolutions

Topic Evaluation

Evidence

Winning Close Rounds

Philosophical Ideas

Classical Ideas

Judges

Philosophers Practice Techniques

VALUE HANDBOOK: BLOCKS, BRIEFS, AND BELIEFS

A worthwhile resource for debaters, this book has more than 250 pages with hundreds of pieces of evidence organized in brief format. Information is completely indexed and makes an invaluable backbone for a debate library. Here's just a small sampling of subjects covered:

  • Affirmative Action
  • Anarchism
  • Categorical Imperative
  • Citizenship
  • Communitarianism
  • Auguste Comte
  • Democracy
  • Deontological Theory
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • Freedom
  • Humanism
  • Justice
  • Knowledge
  • Pluralism
  • Alfred North Whitehead
VALUE BUSTERS

Learn how to argue for and against frequently used LD concepts! Learn about specific values and criteria and how to employ the important philosophers. Know the questions to pose during cross-examination and responses to common objections. Value Busters comes complete with briefs ready to use in rounds. Polish up your understanding on subjects like

  • Values & Criteria
  • Philosophy & LD Debate
  • Justice and Related Philosophers
  • The Categorical Imperative and Kant
  • The Social Contract and Related Philosophers
  • Pragmatism and James

and be ready to handle them deftly in debate rounds!

VALUE BUILDER CASE CONSTRUCTION GUIDE

With the help of this useful manual, the once difficult task of constructing cases becomes a matter of following a few simple steps. Easy-to-follow instructions guide debaters, including those with limited experience, through the process of writing affirmative and negative cases. Glossary and definitions included.

  • Introduction to case development
  • Issues to consider when constructing cases
  • Ready-to-use rubrics for affirmative and negative cases
  • Valuable glossary of commonly used terms in LD resolutions
  • Very user friendly format
  • Helpful for students and coaches alike
LEANING ON THE CORNERSTONE

Add class to your debate rounds with the thinking of America's leaders. This collection of historical essays and documents examines and explains how these valuable materials can enhance the quality of your debate. You will find over 150 pages covering

  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The U. S. Constitution
  • The Seneca Falls Declaration
  • Constitutional Amendments
  • The Mayflower Compact
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • Select Federalist Papers
  • The Monroe Doctrine
  • UN's Universal Declaration of Rights
  • Thoreau's essay, "On Civil Disobedience"

plus other documents of the words of Thomas Payne, Patrick Henry, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson. It's a treasure-packed debate book!

UIL LINCOLN DOUGLAS TOPICAL HANDBOOKS

User friendly and thorough, our evidence books have received the honor from many coaches and students of being called the best ones on the market. Both handbooks have the same features:

  • a sample affirmative case
  • a sample negative case
  • a comprehensive analysis of the topic
  • hundreds of thoroughly indexed quotes chosen for their particular relevance to the season's topic

The fall handbooks will go out in September and the spring handbooks will be mailed in January.