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Lincoln's Pathfinder

John C. Fremont and the Violent Election of 1856

by John Bicknell Author · Bob Souer Narrator


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The 1856 presidential race was the most violent peacetime election in American history. War between proslavery and antislavery settlers raged in Kansas; a congressman shot an Irish immigrant at a Washington hotel; and another congressman beat a U.S. senator senseless on the floor of the Senate. But amid all the violence, the campaign of the new Republican Party, headed by famed explorer John C. Fremont, offered a ray of hope: a major party dedicated to limiting the spread of slavery.

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John Bicknell (Author)

John Bicknell is the author of America 1844: Religious Fervor, Westward Expansion, and the Presidential Election That Transformed the Nation. He has written and edited for, Congressional Quarterly, and Roll Call, and was senior editor...

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