From Robert McNamara, Your Guide to 19th Century History
The central issue of the presidential election of 1860 was bound to be slavery. Battles over the spread of slavery to new territories and states had gripped the United States throughout the 1850s, and were especially intensified by the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. Following the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, Abraham Lincoln, who had essentially given up on politics after one unhappy term in Congress in the late 1840s, returned to the political arena. In his home state of Illinois, Lincoln began attacking the legislation and particularly its author, Senator Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois. To Read More….