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"The Political Game of Bluff"

Topic:
Republicans and Democrats
Source:
Vanity Fair
Cartoonist:
Henry Louis Stephens (illustrator) / George Wevill (engraver)
Date:
May 12, 1860, p. 313
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The Democratic National Convention met in Charleston, South Carolina, in April 1860. It was assumed that the Democratic nominee would be known when the Republican National Convention convened in Chicago in May. But the disagreement between Northern and Southern Democratic delegates over the issue of slavery in the territories caused a split in the party with each faction scheduling their own convention for June. As May rolled around, the Republicans had to choose a presidential nominee without knowing whom the Democratic nominee would be.
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