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The Election of 1856: A Victorious Defeat

December 27, 2017 in Economics

By Chris Calton

Historical Controversies Podcast: Season 2

By: Chris Calton

The passage of the Kansas-Nebraska act drove many northerners to form Anti-Nebraska coalitions that ultimately yielded the Republican Party. The election of 1856 did not yield a Republican presidential victory, but it did produce a party that, through compromise and political maneuvering, was able to emerge as the dominant new party to compete with the bitterly divided Democrats.

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