Lincoln: The vote that saved America

When Abraham Lincoln stood for re-election in November 1864 he knew that defeat could bring the civil war to a premature end and shatter his dreams of abolishing slavery. And, as Adam IP Smith reveals, his victory was far from certain...

A Grand National Union Banner depicting president Abraham Lincoln and his running mate Andrew Johnson

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