The presidential campaign of 1848 saw the first strong electoral challenge to the expansion of slavery in the United States; most historians consider the appearance of the Free Soil Party in that election a major turning point of the nineteenth century. The three-way race capped a decade of... read more
1. Troubled Political Times
2. "A Northern No!"
3. "The Sore-headed leaders in the state of New York" - and Some Others - Nominate a President
4. "The Work to be done": The Parties Organize
5. "There Never Was an Election of Greater Importance": The Parties Define What is at Stake
6. "The Presence of Every Man is Necessary": Zachary Taylor Is Elected
7. "A Conspicuous Milestone in the Antislavery Journey" - or Not
Appendix A. Democratic National Platform, 1848
Appendix B. Whig Party statement of principles passed at a mass meeting after the national convention
Appendix C. Free Soil National Platform, 1848
Appendix D. Zachary Taylor's Inaugural Address, March 5, 1849
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