Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
|Creator||Unknown Political Cartoonist|
|Context||The election of 1860 was a four-way race in which sectional sentiment ran very high.|
|Purpose||To persuade voters to support John Bell and the Constitutional Union Party|
The 1860 election was one of the most divisive and confusing in U. S. history. The Democrats split along sectional lines. The northern wing nominated Stephen Douglas while the southern wing nominated John Breckinridge. Republicans nominated Abraham Lincoln, who opposed the expansion of slavery and succession. Former southern Whigs who opposed the Democratic Party but found Lincoln too radical formed the Constitutional Union party, which nominated John Bell.