The Presidential Election Of 1860 Essay

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In the presidential election of 1860 four candidates were in a position to lobby their claim to the White House. Abraham Lincoln a republican from Illinois that did not advocate a pro-slavery policy, Stephen Douglas a Northern Democrat also from Illinois, John Bell a Constitutional Unionist from Tennessee and John C. Breckinridge a Southern Democrat from Kentucky who organized his candidacy around a pro-slavery policy. Though Abraham Lincoln won the election of 1860 to become the 16th President of the United States, John Breckinridge won most of the southern pro slavery states, particularly the state of Mississippi. In the state of Mississippi the support for Breckinridge and the slave density data provided an interesting perspective that illustrated the majority of Breckinridge supporters. The quantitative data suggested that Breckinridge support came from the population who had an insufficient amount of slaves when compared to large slave owners. Therefore the purpose of this essay is to examine and analyze the data from the Mississippi counties of 1860 that calculated the percentage of votes for Breckinridge and the percentage of the enslaved population, attempt to draw conclusions about the relationship between the data, and indicate other historic research tactics historians would use to explain the quantitative results.
By using the quantitative data from the election result it can be deduced that there was two opinions within the Mississippi counties towards…

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