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