After Lincoln’s election as president seven southern states seceded from the Union forming the Confederate States of America.
Archive - May 2014
Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the 16th President of the United States on March 4, 1861. He was the first president to be born west of the Appalachian Mountains and was 51 years old.
The announcement of Lincoln’s election as president was the final injury against the South.
Lincoln and Hamlin won 180 Electoral College votes. Republicans won in all free states except for New Jersey.
Lincoln made his official announcement at the Illinois Republican Nominating Convention that took place in Decatur on May 9-10.
His position on social and political equality of blacks and whites would evolve over the years taking a turning point during his two terms as president.
Throughout the debates Lincoln charged Douglas as part of a plan to make slavery a national institution. Douglas’ main subject was the protection of the right of Americans to choose and determine their own government and institutions, the right of...
Lincoln argued against Stephen Douglas' claim who viewed the African-American not as human but as a piece of property.
The new Republican Party A year after the Kansas-Nebraska Act the Whig party had almost disappeared. With no clear distinction between the major political parties many members of the Whigs began to look for other associations more compatible with...
In 1846, as he gathered support and popularity within his party, Lincoln was nominated as a Whig candidate for congress. The election took place on August 3rd; he ran against Democrat Peter Cartwright and won. He was the only Whig congressman...