Lincoln vs. McClellan – 1864 Campaign Platforms
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Courting votes in two languages: An appeal to the votes of recent German immigrants. [ABRAHAM LINCOLN].
Matching pair of Broadsides, , “The Platforms,” in English. 9½ x 12 in. With “Die Platformen,” in German. 9¾ x 11¾ in. 2 pp. total.
Lincoln reelection campaign broadsides with the Republican (Lincoln – Johnson) and Democratic (McClellan – Pendleton) platforms, followed by a side-by-side analysis of “Points of Difference.” Printed separately, in English and German.
Republican platform excerpt:
“Resolved, That, as Slavery was the cause, and now constitutes the strength, of this rebellion, and as it must be always and everywhere hostile to the principles of republican government, justice and the national safety demand its utter and complete extirpation from the soil of the republic; and that we uphold and maintain the acts and proclamations by which the Government, in its own defense, has aimed a death-blow at this gigantic evil. We are in favor, furthermore, of such an amendment to the Constitution, to be made by the people in conformity with its provisions, as shall terminate and forever prohibit the existence of Slavery within the limits of the jurisdiction of the United States….
Resolve: That the foreign immigration, which in the past has added so much to the wealth and development of resources and increase of power to this nation, the asylum of the repressed of all nations, should be fostered and encouraged by a liberal and just policy….”