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Ch 3: The Political Situation in 1860

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Watch history video lessons to learn about the political parties and candidates participating in the 1860 presidential election. These easy-to-follow lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

The Political Situation in 1860 - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Video lessons covering this watershed year before the outbreak of civil war will introduce you to the political unrest representative of the country's growing sectional divisions. Learn about the parties involved in the presidential election of 1860, and study the candidates' campaign strategies. Discover the role the debate over slavery played in redrawing party lines and allegiances. By the end of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Describe characteristics of the Republican Party's platform
  • Identify causes of faction in the Democratic Party
  • Discuss Lincoln's rise to prominence as the Republican Party's presidential candidate
  • Explain consequences of the party conventions and election results

Video Objective
The Birth of the Republican Party Explore factors that led to the creation of the Republican Party in the 1850s. Lesson content also examines its platform.
Abraham Lincoln: Presidency, Accomplishments & Assassination Discover the background of America's 16th president and follow his rise to fame, his political failures and his successes.
The 1860 Democratic National Convention: The Party Splits Investigate factors that led to a split in the Democratic Party during the presidential primaries of 1860.
The Election of 1860 Describes the candidates, campaign, results and consequences of the presidential election of 1860.

5 Lessons in Chapter 3: The Political Situation in 1860
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The Birth of the Republican Party: Contributing Factors & Platform

1. The Birth of the Republican Party: Contributing Factors & Platform

In this lesson, we will examine the birth of the Republican Party. We will look at the issues that sparked the Party's creation, examine its platform, and study its early successes.

Abraham Lincoln: Presidency, Accomplishments & Assassination

2. Abraham Lincoln: Presidency, Accomplishments & Assassination

In this lesson, we will meet Abraham Lincoln, the Illinois rail-splitter and general store owner who eventually became the sixteenth president of the United States.

The 1860 Democratic National Convention: The Party Splits

3. The 1860 Democratic National Convention: The Party Splits

In this lesson, we will examine the split that took place in the Democratic Party at its 1860 national convention. Facing insurmountable differences, the Democrats nominated two presidential candidates, one for the North, the other for the South.

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

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

In this lesson, we will examine the election of 1860. We will meet the candidates, discover their primary concerns and campaign techniques, and explore the results and impact of this critical election.

Primary Source: 'Democrats, Are You Ready?'

5. Primary Source: 'Democrats, Are You Ready?'

The Raleigh Weekly Standard published the article 'Democrats, Are You Ready?' on October 31, 1860, just days before the presidential election. This was by far the most divisive election in American history, directly leading to the Civil War.

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