US Hist. 1864-1865 - The Election of 1864-1864 was an election year pitting Abraham Lincoln(Republican against George McClellan(Democrat-McClellan

US Hist. 1864-1865 - The Election of 1864-1864 was an...

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The Election of 1864: -1864 was an election year, pitting Abraham Lincoln (Republican) against George McClellan (Democrat) -McClellan portrayed himself as the "Candidate for Peace" saying that if elected he would end the war. -Democrats were getting "Copperheads", northerners who supported the South during the Civil War, and peace advocates to form an anti-war platform. -Lincoln faced a tough challenge as many northerners resented the war, conscription (the draft), and abolition. -Lincoln also faced challenges in his own political party as "Radical Republicans", people who felt that Lincoln had not gone far enough in punishing the South through the war, picked John C. Fremont as their candidate. -To appease Southern sympathizers Lincoln chose as his running mate, Andrew Johnson from TN who was the only southern senator not to leave during secession. -Lincoln was the moderate candidate, who stood between the proponents for peace and those who felt he wasn't seeking enough punishment on the South.

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