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Abraham Lincoln becomes President

Posted in Anniversary, History on Tuesday, 26 October 2010

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picture, Abraham Lincoln, flag, stars and stripes

Despite being a fiery speaker, Lincoln made few speeches during the 1860 election. Illustration by Angus McBride

6 November marks the anniversary of the election in the United States which took Abraham Lincoln to the White House. The 1860 election was fought over the rights of individual states and over the question of slavery which Lincoln wanted to abolish. Lincoln himself made few speeches, leaving the campaign to the Republican faithful to enthuse supporters and sweep Lincoln to power with a high turnout. There was almost no campaigning in the South where, after Lincoln’s victory, a number of states seceded from the United States.

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