By Garry Boulard
Rightly seemed through students as maybe an important political contest in American historical past, the election of 1860 is remembered this day for making Abraham Lincoln president and through so doing sparking the force for secession that resulted in the Civil War.
In this compelling and fast moving account, writer Garry Boulard explores the occasions of a transformative 12 months in the United States: the vibrancy of the younger Republicans, the inconceivable upward thrust of Lincoln, the multi-layered complexities of the Democratic occasion, the continued Southern diaspora and the alarming specter of a kingdom at the verge of dissolution.
Interwoven into this narrative are the tales of the leaders of 1860: the getting older James Buchanan, the guy who may sometime be considered as the worst president in U.S. historical past; William Seward, the savvy New Yorker bested via Lincoln for the Republican nomination; Franklin Pierce, the considerate former president nonetheless a power within the Democratic occasion; Jefferson Davis, quickly to be known as from his Mississippi plantation to steer the recent accomplice country; and the pugnacious Stephen Douglas, Lincoln’s long-time and constant foe, in his best hour leaving behind politics for country.
Drawing at the papers of Lincoln, Buchanan, Pierce and Seward, in addition to former Presidents John Tyler and Martin Van Buren, Tennessee Democrat Andrew Johnson and the Republican powerhouses Thaddeus Stevens, Schuyler Colfax and Zachariah Chandler, Boulard offers a riveting day by day narrative of the dramatic crusade that made Abraham Lincoln president.Undo"
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Abraham Lincoln Ascendent:The Story of the Election of 1860 by Garry Boulard