In which John Green teaches you about the election of 1860.
As you may remember from last week, things were not great at this time in US history.
The tensions between the North and South were rising, ultimately due to the single issue of slavery. The North wanted to abolish slavery, and the South wanted to continue on with it. It seemed like a war was inevitable, and it turns out that it was.
But first the nation had to get through this election.
You’ll learn how the bloodshed in Kansas, and the truly awful Kansas-Nebraska Act led directly to the decrease in popularity of Stephen Douglas, the splitting of the Democratic party, and the unlikely victory of a relatively inexperienced politician from Illinois, Abraham Lincoln.
Lincoln’s election would lead directly to the secession of several southern states, and thus to the Civil War.
John will teach you about all this, plus Dred Scott, Roger Taney, and John Brown.