The Election Of 1852 And Its Effect On The Growth And Development Of The United States

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America, an established nation, was not only growing in land mass, population, and innovations rapidly, but was establishing a reputation in the world. The Constitution was still in effect, holding the nation together and giving it boundaries to abide by. However, slavery was becoming a major issue that was starting to divide the nation. Much of the North was against slavery completely, whereas much of the South was a strong supporter of slavery. During the early 1800’s, there were many presidential elections with all the candidates looking to fill the roles of their predecessors, George Washington and John Adams. All of the candidates looked to leave a positive, lasting impact on the growth and development of the United States. There were multiple candidates for each election, all with varying views on government and different issues to address during each election. The elections of 1852, 1856, 1860, and 1864 were all significant elections in the molding of the United States. The election of 1852 was without suspense from the beginning. The Democrats nominated Franklin Pierce as their candidate. His only major opponent was Winfield Scott of the Whig party, which was rapidly declining support. Another candidate, John Hale of the Free Soil party, received very few votes and had very little impact on the election. Neither Pierce nor Scott seemed to have very strong views. The only real topic in the nation during this time was slavery, but both candidates avoided much talk…

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