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The untold tale of the drama, controversy, and amazing political genius of Lincoln's first presidential crusade In might of 1860, Republican delegates accrued in Chicago for his or her second-ever conference, with the entire expectation of electing William Seward their subsequent presidential candidate. yet ready within the wings used to be a dismal horse nobody suspected, placing the ultimate touches on a plan that might not just bring about a such a lot unforeseen candidacy, however the so much awesome, leading edge, and bold presidential crusade in American historical past. He glided by the identify of Lincoln. Lincoln for President is the terrific tale of the way Lincoln overcame overwhelming odds not to in simple terms seize his party's nomination yet win the presidency. His amazingly glossy technique integrated the 1st media crusade blitz, conference strategies that originated the idea that of "Chicago politics," and a deft manipulation of the electoral university. His daring strategies replaced perpetually the best way presidential campaigns are won…not to say the process American heritage. compliment FOR BRUCE CHADWICK Triumvirate: "Dr. Chadwick tells a thrilling tale… His research will impress extra debate approximately this momentous interval in American history." Dr. Paul Clemens, Chairman of the Rutgers collage division of background "In this amazing new e-book, Bruce Chadwick reminds us of the 3 amazing males who labored country via country, person by means of person, to make sure passage of the structure. it is a attention-grabbing story, good told." Terry Golway, writer of Washington's common and Ronald Reagan's the US 1858: "This e-book is a gem." Curled Up With an exceptional e-book "A gripping narrative." Kurt Piehler, writer of Remembering conflict the yankee means the 1st American military: "To comprehend the innovative battle, quite realize it, learn this book." Dave R. Palmer, Lieutenant basic, U.S. military (Ret); writer of ways of the Fox George Washington's warfare: "Chadwick pierces the fog of fantasy that has continuously surrounded our nation's father." Michael Aaron Rockland, professor, Rutgers collage (20091029)

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44 The Democrats were aware of religion’s power but ignored it. George Woodward wrote President James Buchanan’s attorney general, Jeremiah Black, in 1860: We are a churchgoing people, and antislavery has become the cherished dogma of Northern theology. Not only so, but personal religion has come to be measured by the zeal of slavery agitation. … We are an educating people—abolitionists born in hell and nursed by the new Episcopal Churches have entered into our schools, school books, and school literatures.

86 His offer, tendered half in seriousness and half in challenge, was rejected. Douglas was assured by all that he would be nominated at last in Baltimore, but the convention leaders had completely misgauged the depth of the delegate’s anger in Charleston. 87  Chapter 4  The Democrats Split in Two The best days of America are once more dawning… —Constitutional Union Party literature The bolters from the Democratic convention in Charleston came to their hall in Baltimore like cherished celebrities from days gone by at a contemporary old-timers baseball game.

Undaunted, Wood, who had a huge following in New York, a staunch Democratic city, formed Mozart 32 ╇╇ Lincoln for President Hall, his own political machine, staged a comeback and got himself elected mayor for a third term in 1859. Now, as the convention was about to open, two separate delegations, one from Tammany Hall and one from Mozart Hall, arrived from New York and demanded to be seated. Wood, who had political ties all over the country, had been convinced by leading Southerners that they would name him vice president on the ticket, with a Southerner as president, if he would help them defeat Douglas.

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