This banner promotes Abraham Lincoln's presidential campaign of 1860.
It depicts Lincoln and his running mate, Hannibal Hamlin of Maine. In
this campaign the Republican ticket of Lincoln and Hamlin faced three
opposing duos. Remants of the shattered organization Whig nominated the
Tennesseean John Bell as a Constitutional Union candidate. Many Republicans
referred to his organization as the "old gentleman's party," who hoped
that the sectional crisis would go away if they did nothing. The Democratic
Party, deeply split between Stephen Douglas' ill-fated bid to save the
Union with popular sovereignty and southern fire-eaters, fielded two candidates.
While Douglas ran an ill-starred campaign across the nation, the Kentuckian
John Breckinridge represented southerners using the threat of disunion
to demand a pro-slavery federal policy. While Lincoln received less than
50% of the ballots cast, he won election by sweeping the northern states
and thus the electoral college.
For more information about politics in the 19th century, please look at Lincoln/Net's Getting the Message Out! National Political Campaign Materials, 1840-1860 Web site