The Election Of 1860, By George Douglas, John Breckinridge, And John Bell

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The Election of 1860 was held on November 6, 1860. The candidates were Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas, John Breckinridge, and John Bell. The main issue in this election was slavery. The Election of 1860 was very important to American History. It would determine the future of slavery and everyone who was associated with it. The Union, as a whole, would be affected. Slavery divided the Nation. The South and the North viewed it in two very different ways. The South believed that slavery was a good thing. After all, slaves were “vital to the economy of the Southern half of the United States” (Bracken, Pg. 12). However, the North believed that slavery was wrong. The North wanted to get rid of slavery. However, neither side could get what they wanted without dividing the Nation. All of the candidates of the Election of 1860 saw slavery in different ways. Some felt that it was wrong, while others felt that it was good. Your views on slavery would affect who would support you. If you were for slavery, the South would support you. If you were against slavery, the North would support you. There was no way in between. Abraham Lincoln, was born in Kentucky, a Southern state, was against slavery. This was unusual for a Southerner. However, Lincoln had his reasons. “I hate it because it derives our republican example of its just influence in the world…..” (Chadwick, Pg. 55). He believed that whites and blacks had equal rights and that they shouldn’t be treated differently. He

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