The election of 1860

The election of 1860

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  • The candidates for President
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Stephen Douglas 
  • There were 4 nominees
  • John Bell
  • Republican, illinois Platform: slavery must not be allowed in the territories.
  • John Breckinridge
  • Northern Democrat, illinois Platform: Popular sovereignty should decide the issue of slavery in the territories when they become states.
  • 4 political parties: The democrats (North) The democrats (South) The republicans The constitutional union party
  • Constitutional Unionist, Tennessee Platform: The federal government should support slavery and also defend the Union.
  • Southern Democrat, Kentucky Platform: The federal government should protect slavery.
  • Lincoln won the election. Lincoln assumed the position of President in March of 1861 but by then 7 Southern States had seceded since even though the southern states didn't vote for him it didn't matter because he still won- didn't think they were important enough
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