Candidate Lincoln: A Novel
What brought Abraham Lincoln to the forefront of American politics? It wasn't his appearance or experience or financial backing. Lincoln was an unlikely politician, and yet his candidacy for the U.S. Senate changed the direction America was headed. Candidate Lincoln puts readers into the crowds during his 1858 campaign and allows them to hear the heated clash of opinions and negative campaigning.In 1858 Abraham Lincoln left his law practice to oppose Stephen A. Douglas over the expansion of slavery. The Republican Party nominated Lincoln as their candidate for the U.S. Senate seat from Illinois. Douglas was the incumbent and a powerful Washington insider. Abraham Lincoln was an unlikely candidate, and yet he shook political foundations all the way to Washington. Baldino uses a number of main characters to tell the story of the passions that tore the country apart and led to the catastrophe of the American Civil War.
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