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Identifier: eraofcivilwar18400cole (find matches)
Title: The era of the Civil War, 1848-1870
Year: 1919 (1910s)
Authors: Cole, Arthur Charles, 1886-1976 Alvord, Clarence Walworth, 1868-1928 Illinois. Centennial Commission
Publisher: Springfield : Illinois Centennial Commission
Contributing Library: Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection
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ed to moreconfidence on the free soil question, than the Buffalo conven-tion.29 These paradoxical and unconvincing arguments reflectedthe fears of party politicians as to the outcome of the election.Cheered by the encouraging results of the October electionsin Pennsylvania, whigs counted the chances of carrying Illinois.Several items were listed in their favor; a hostile Mormonvote of 3,000 had been withdrawn from the state, the barn-burners were expected to carry off thousands from Cass, whilehis position on river and harbor improvement and other issueswould cause further democratic losses.30 Even the least san-guine democrats, however, relied upon being able to hold their 24 Galloway to French, June 9, 1848, French manuscripts. 25 Wentworth to French, June 23, 1848, ibid. 26 Chicago Democrat, November 6, 1848. 27 Aurora Beacon, September 27, 1848. 28 Beardstoivn Gazette, November 1, 1848. 29 Quincy Whig, October 31, 1848. 30 Ibid., August 15, 1848; Aurora Beacon, September 13, 1848.
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Free-Soil (Van Buren)more than 5% AGITATION AND COMPROMISE 61 existing strength and upon using a normal democratic majorityto carry the state. The returns showed that Taylor had carried the nation.The whigs of Springfield celebrated this victory with bonfires,cannon, a torchlight celebration, and an illumination of whigresidences and places of business. Nevertheless, in the statethe democrats had been correct in their calculations. Casswas given a plurality of 3,099 — less by 9,000 than that forPolk four years before. Both parties suffered heavy lossesto the free soil movement, which netted 15,702 votes. In thevicinity of Chicago the Van Buren vote was especially heavy;a free soil plurality was returned in the city and in Cook andseven adjacent counties, besides many other single precincts.This was largely at democratic expense, the result, said Went-worth, of Cass announcement, at the dictation of Georgiapoliticians, of the doctrine of popular sovereignty.31 The logical result of t

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