The Election of 1860: Definition, Summary, Candidates & Significance


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What is the most likely reason that John Bell was nominated for president in 1860?

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1. What was the primary focus of the Northern Democrats' platform?

2. Which candidate tried something unheard of at the time and campaigned for himself?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Abraham Lincoln won the election of 1860, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the event. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of the different candidates and their platforms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on your understanding of the following topics:

  • Platform of the Northern Democrats
  • Constitutional Union Party candidate
  • 'Free Soil, Free Speech, Free Home' slogan
  • Candidate whose campaign featured a month-long tour

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the election of 1860
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify a key fact regarding the election's result

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the lesson The Election of 1860: Definition, Summary, Candidates & Significance. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the history of the election of 1860
  • Know the candidates and their platforms
  • Understand how Lincoln won the election of 1860