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By: mobal , 1:15 AM GMT on February 23, 2009

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I thought of different ways to try to show how different our election is compared to the 1860 election. I was unable to do such in less than 10,000 words! So knowing no you here wants to read 10,000 words…here is part 1.

Most of us have heard of the debates that Lincoln was involved in with Douglas. In most accounts I think he won those debates, But he did not win the elections. Then again, that is another story….

Back to the election. Back then the wisdom was that presidential candidates should not campaign . WHAT!!!!!


NY Evening Post, a very pro Republican paper in that day wrote this in an open letter to Lincoln: ”The vast majortiy of our friends want you to make no speeches, write no letters as a candidate, enter into no pledges, make no promises, nor give any of those kind words which men are apt to interpret into promises”
WOW!!!!

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6. mobal
2:25 AM GMT on February 24, 2009
Quoting HurricaneKing:
Also newspapers originally evolved to support the candidate.

Originally it was frowned upon if a candidate looked eager to win. It was supposed to be his civic duty to the people. The first rules were a candidate must be: educated, own land and, be virtuous. (The last one was the big one.)

I'm in an early American history course at my college.



You are correct, I often wonder if being a land owner is still not a good idea...Oh well, just Mobal thinking.......Thats Bad at times....
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5. HurricaneKing
11:15 PM GMT on February 23, 2009
Also newspapers originally evolved to support the candidate.

Originally it was frowned upon if a candidate looked eager to win. It was supposed to be his civic duty to the people. The first rules were a candidate must be: educated, own land and, be virtuous. (The last one was the big one.)

I'm in an early American history course at my college.
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4. seflagamma
10:33 PM GMT on February 23, 2009
Hi Mobal,

That is interesting... perhaps we should go back to that.. No campaigning.. what they "promise" during the campaign to get elected they never deliver on anyway!


Have a wonderful evening!
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3. mobal
5:14 PM GMT on February 23, 2009
Quoting JDinWPA:
Well... on the plus side, the candidates couldn't break campaign promises. That's a strange request though. Any idea when it changed so drastically?


No I do not. Probably slowly evolved into the circus we have today.
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2. JDinWPA
1:45 AM GMT on February 23, 2009
Well... on the plus side, the candidates couldn't break campaign promises. That's a strange request though. Any idea when it changed so drastically?
1. AuntBrooke
1:20 AM GMT on February 23, 2009
I love history....this is going to be fun.

The topic is going to be presidential candidates, etc?????
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