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What appealed to northern voters about the Republican Party? How did this lead to Abraham Lincoln’s victory in the 1860 presidential election?

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Northern voters warmed to the Republican Party, as it was implacably opposed to the extension of slavery. This issue had been a running sore in American politics for some time, and no white politicians seemed to have the political will or courage to tackle the problem head-on. Instead, a number of unworkable compromises had been cobbled together over time, which tried, but failed, to reconcile the competing interests of slave states and free states.

The Republican Party's platform in the 1860 election appealed directly to majority Northern sentiment concerning slavery. The platform pledged that it would not interfere with slavery in the individual states but would oppose its extension into the territories. This satisfied many who, while professing strong opposition to slavery in...

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