Contributors: Lincoln’s election let our house divided. He tried his best to unify us again.
Bangor Daily News
In the 1860 Republican National Convention, a dark horse candidate holding no elective office captured the presidential nomination, and despite being reviled by a large swath of the country, went on to victory in the general election, securing only 40 percent of the vote. Elected with a minority of the vote, Abraham Lincoln sought to unify a deeply fractured nation, going to extraordinary lengths to persuade those who opposed his election.
McDonnell, Joseph PhD, "Contributors: Lincoln’s election let our house divided. He tried his best to unify us again." (2018). Opinion Features. 39.