Abraham Lincoln. The Great Emancipator by David P. Press

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Each state has a certain number of electors based on the state’s population. In almost all the states, the candidate who gets more votes than any other candidate in that state, even if it is not the majority of the vote, receives all the Electoral College votes from that state. Although Abraham Lincoln received only 40 percent of the popular A large cotton banner for Abraham Lincoln and his running mate, Hannibal Hamlin, for president and vice president in 1860. ” 34 President Lincoln and the Civil War vote, he won the 1860 presidential election with almost 60 percent of the electoral votes.

Gettysburg Address is Lincoln’s best-known speech, many historians consider this brief, sixminute speech his best. In it, he anticipated, with the coming Union victory, the end to slavery. But he did not brag of that victory. ” The end of the war came soon after. By April 1865, Lee’s army, camped in Richmond, Virginia, was diminished, dispirited, and exhausted. Grant attacked. Lee retreated. Ironically, the first company of Union troops to occupy the Confederate capital was made up of black soldiers.

Among newspapers and politicians, the reactions were mostly along party lines. Republicans praised the speech, and Northern Democrats and Democratic-leaning newspapers criticized the speech for emphasizing freedom over the preservation of the Union. As 1864 rolled around, so did the presidential election campaigns. Lincoln knew that if he did not win re-election, the causes of saving the Union and abolishing slavery would be lost. He knew, too, that his chances for re-election hinged on winning the war.

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