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1860 Campaign Ribbon
Political History, Division of Social History, National Museum of American History

1860 Campaign Ribbon

Date: 1860
Catalog #: 1978.0590.94    
Credit: Political History, Division of Social History, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 8" H x 3" W

Physical Description

Printed ribbon bearing the United States flag and printed beneath it the phrase “OUR UNION /NOW AND FOREVER."

General History

In 1860, Abraham Lincoln pulled ahead of William Seward and won the Republican nomination on the third ballot. The Republican platform opposed slavery in the territories but upheld the right of slavery in the South. It also opposed the Dredd-Scott decision. The Democrats nominated Stephen Douglas and the Southern-Democrats who called themselves National Democrats nominated John Breckinridge. In addition, John Bell was nominated by the Constitutional Union party. The Republicans were united behind Lincoln, while the opposition was divided by regions. Most of the campaign was implemented by regional party organizations. The candidates took a small active part. Stephen Douglas was the only candidate to campaign actively throughout the country.


Keywords

Country: United States
War: Civil War
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