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Nomination and Election: 1860–1861

Hans L. Trefousse

in First Among Equals

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780823224685
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823234936 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823224685.003.0001

Series: The North's Civil War

Nomination and Election: 1860–1861

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This chapter presents an overview of Lincoln's recognition and reputation across North and South of America with both Republican and Democratic advocates. It examines the period from his nomination as presidential candidate until his presidential inauguration. Opinions about him varied widely in both the political parties, mainly due to his anti-slavery stance. Lincoln's proponents favoured him as being able to unite the opposition vote, whereas his opponents saw him as endangering the Union. Extremists in the Southerner's rank portrayed him as a dangerous man and a “radical abolitionist” who would bring civil war upon the South. However, many, including some adversaries, did not doubt his honest character and integrity. As such, his nomination was generally well received. On November 7th 1860, Lincoln was elected as president. As the inauguration drew nearer, Lincoln was received in a mixed light, being the object of praise and vilification.

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln; reputation; candidacy; inauguration; character; anti-slavery

Chapter.  4836 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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