A country at the crossroads: how Lincoln’s 1860 election victory set America on the path to Civil War

Richard Carwardine explains why Lincoln's election victory in 1860 was so important and how he managed to trounce his rivals in the polls...

A photograph of Abraham Lincoln taken after his November 1860 election and before his March 1861 inauguration.

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