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By John Bicknell

The 1856 presidential race was once the main violent peacetime election in American background. conflict among proslavery and antislavery settlers raged in Kansas; a congressman shot an Irish immigrant at a Washington resort; and one other congressman beat a US senator mindless at the ground of the Senate. yet amid all of the violence, the crusade of the recent Republican social gathering, headed through famed explorer John C. Frémont, provided a ray of desire: a big occasion devoted to restricting the unfold of slavery. For the 1st time, ladies and African american citizens actively engaged in a presidential contest, and the candidate's spouse, Jessie Benton Frémont, performed a principal function in either making plans and executing technique, and was once a public face of the crusade. Even enslaved blacks within the South took wish from Frémont's crusade.

The 1856 crusade used to be additionally run opposed to the backdrop of a rustic at the circulation, with settlers carrying on with to unfold westward dealing with unimagined horrors, a bad normal catastrophe that took hundreds of thousands of lives within the South, and essentially the most recognized ideally suited proceedings in heritage, which set the degree for the Civil struggle. Frémont misplaced, yet his powerful exhibiting within the North proved sectional get together may possibly win a countrywide election, blazing the path for Abraham Lincoln's victory 4 years later.

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