The Relationship Between The Collapse Of The Whig Party

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The relationship between the collapse of the Whig Party, the divide in the Democrat Party, and the Republican Presidential victory in 1860 was a reflection of how deeply the country was divided over the issue of slavery. Although anti-slavery sentiment was growing in the north, it was the expansion of the west and whether or not to allow those territories to become slave states that caused tremendous eruption on both sides of the issue. In as much as both parties tried to find a compromising solution, it was problematic and created divisions in the parties that could not be easily mended. The Whig Party was an odd mixture of Southern slaveholders, free market businessmen, anti-slave supporters, Protestants, and abolitionist who mainly came
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