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Getting the Message Out! National Political Campaign Materials, 1840-1860

looks at politics in antebellum America. Read about the presidential campaigns. See campaign biographies of the candidates -- from William Harrison, Martin Van Buren, and James Birney to Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. Learn about the "second party system." (Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project, Institute of Museum and Library Services)

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Interesting Fact:

Beginning his political career as a Whig, Lincoln was elected to the first of four terms in the Illinois legislature in 1834. Two years later, he was admitted to the bar and subsequently embarked upon a series of law partnerships, including that with William Herndon, later a Lincoln biographer. He developed a reputation as a skillful attorney.
General Winfield Scott, 1847, Image Source: University of Chicago.

General Winfield Scott

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