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The Election of 1860 : "a campaign fraught with consequences", Michael F. Holt

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The Election of 1860 : "a campaign fraught with consequences"
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The Election of 1860
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"a campaign fraught with consequences"
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Michael F. Holt
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eng
Summary
  • "Because of its extraordinary consequences and because of Abraham Lincoln's place in the American pantheon, the presidential election of 1860 is probably the most studied in our history. But perhaps for the same reasons, historians have focused on the contest of Lincoln versus Stephen Douglas in the northern free states and John Bell versus John C. Breckinridge in the slaveholding South. In The Election of 1860 a preeminent scholar of American history disrupts this familiar narrative with a clearer and more comprehensive account of how the election unfolded and what it was actually about. Most critically, the book counters the common interpretation of the election as a referendum on slavery and the Republican Party's purported threat to it. However significantly slavery figured in the election, The Election of 1860 reveals the key importance of widespread opposition to the Republican Party because of its overtly anti-southern rhetoric and seemingly unstoppable rise to power in the North after its emergence in 1854. Also of critical importance was the corruption of the incumbent administration of Democrat James Buchanan--and a nationwide revulsion against party. Grounding his history in a nuanced retelling of the pre-1860 story, Michael F. Holt explores the sectional politics that permeated the election and foreshadowed the coming Civil War. He brings to light how the campaigns of the Republican Party and the National (Northern) Democrats and the Constitutional (Southern) Democrats and the newly formed Constitutional Union Party were not exclusively regional. His attention to the little-studied role of the Buchanan Administration, and of perceived threats to the preservation of the Union, clarifies the true dynamic of the 1860 presidential election, particularly in its early stages."--
  • "Without question, the election of 1860 was the most consequential presidential contest in all of American history. The victory of Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln quickly triggered the secession of seven Deep South states and, after Lincoln took office on March 4, 1861 to the secession of four more states and a horrific four-year-long civil war. No other American presidential election has come close to engendering such a catastrophic outcome. While this election is one of the most well-known, studied, and written about US elections, Michael Holt brings a freshness to his volume by noting that Republicans did not focus on slavery, but primarily ran against the record and especially the corruption of the incumbent administration of James Buchanan. He also points out that the traditional portrayal of the election is one of Lincoln versus Douglas in the northern free states and Bell versus Breckinridge in the southern slave states, but that this view "effaces the nationwide revulsion of non-Democrats at the sleaze they identified with Democratic governance. The demand in 1860 to throw the Democratic rascals out was a national, not a sectional, passion.""--
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Holt, Michael F.
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324.973/068
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illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E 440 .H65 2017
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
Series statement
American presidential elections
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  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
  • Presidents
  • United States
  • HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
  • HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Elections
  • Abraham Lincoln's political career before 1861
  • Politics and government
  • Presidents
  • United States
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The Election of 1860 : "a campaign fraught with consequences", Michael F. Holt
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: -- Editors' Foreword -- Preface -- 1. Republican Storm Rising? -- 2. Democrats' Trials and Tribulations -- 3. Democrats' Nominations: Act I -- 4. The Third Way -- 5. Republicans Choose an "Available" Man -- 6. Democrats' Nominations: Act II -- 7. Varigated Campaigns -- 8. America Votes -- Appendix A: Election Returns -- Appendix B: The Parties' 1860 National Platforms -- Appendix C: Abraham Lincoln's Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861 -- Notes -- Bibliographic Essay -- Index
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xv, 256 pages
Isbn
9780700624874
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2017026682
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rdamedia
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n
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  • (OCoLC)986128085
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The Election of 1860 : "a campaign fraught with consequences", Michael F. Holt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
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nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: -- Editors' Foreword -- Preface -- 1. Republican Storm Rising? -- 2. Democrats' Trials and Tribulations -- 3. Democrats' Nominations: Act I -- 4. The Third Way -- 5. Republicans Choose an "Available" Man -- 6. Democrats' Nominations: Act II -- 7. Varigated Campaigns -- 8. America Votes -- Appendix A: Election Returns -- Appendix B: The Parties' 1860 National Platforms -- Appendix C: Abraham Lincoln's Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861 -- Notes -- Bibliographic Essay -- Index
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xv, 256 pages
Isbn
9780700624874
Lccn
2017026682
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)986128085
  • (OCoLC)ocn986128085

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