John Bicknell - Lincoln's Pathfinder: John C. Fremont and the Violent Election of 1856

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In 1856, John C. Frémont (1813-1890), a renowned explorer, became the first presidential candidate of the new Republican Party. The race was notable also for being the first in which a major party took an explicit stand against slavery, and, for that reason, it was the most violent election the nation had seen. In his detailed analysis of this pivotal year, Bicknell, author of America 1844 and coeditor of the 2012 edition of CQ’s Politics in America, shows how Frémont, running on a platform that opposed the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, gained the active support of African Americans and women, making a strong showing in the north. Though Frémont lost to James Buchanan, he paved the way for Lincoln’s victory four years later. 

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ISBN: 9781613737972
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Published: Chicago Review Press - June 2017

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