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A House Divided: October 31, 2010 - November 6, 2010

National Archives opens 2nd Civil War show

The National Archives in Washington opens the second part of its magnificent “Discovering the Civil War” on Nov. 10 with a whole new assortment of fascinating, little-known and never-seen treasures from its vast holdings. And it tops even that with...

By Linda Wheeler  | November 5, 2010; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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John Marszalek: What if Lincoln lost the election?

Had Lincoln lost the election of 1860, there most certainly would have been a war, but perhaps it would have come later. Other candidates would have waffled and delayed secession, but the issue of slavery in the territories, nay slavery itself, would have reared its ugly head again.

By John Marszalek  | November 2, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Mike Musick: What if Lincoln lost the election?

Abraham Lincoln’s election precipitated the attempt at secession by the Southern states. Without Lincoln’s election, those states would have been deprived of their loudly proclaimed reason for leaving the Union. Thus, no President Lincoln meant no secession.

By Mike Musick  | October 31, 2010; 10:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Chandra Manning: What if Lincoln lost the election?

Without a Lincoln victory in November 1860, war would not have broken out exactly when and how it did.

By Chandra Manning  | October 31, 2010; 10:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Joan Waugh: What if Lincoln lost the election?

If Abraham Lincoln had lost the election to the (Northern) Democratic candidate Stephen A. Douglas, I do not believe that seven states of the Deep South would have seceded so quickly or formed a government in Montgomery, Ala., by February 1861

By Joan Waugh  | October 31, 2010; 10:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Waite Rawls: What if Lincoln lost the election?

The election of Lincoln did not start the Civil War all by itself. But it certainly was a critical ingredient

By Waite Rawls  | October 31, 2010; 10:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Gary Gallagher: What if Lincoln lost the election?

Given the realities of electoral politics in 1860, it is almost impossible to imagine how Abraham Lincoln could have lost. It is even more difficult to say what the election of Stephen A. Douglas — the only one of the other three candidates who stood even a remote chance of success — would have elicited in the way of responses across the nation.

By Gary Gallagher  | October 31, 2010; 10:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Harold Holzer: What if Lincoln lost the election?

Abraham Lincoln’s election provoked secession all right (unjustifiably, one might persuasively argue), but it was secession that provoked the standoff at Fort Sumter and, ultimately, triggered rebellion and war.

By Harold Holzer  | October 31, 2010; 10:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Civil War panelists join 'A House Divided'

For this panel, we solicited about 25 historians, professors, archivists, authors and assorted others with extensive knowledge of the war to answer questions posed by The Washington Post and our readers.

By Nancy Kerr  | October 31, 2010; 10:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The hunt for a Virginia battlefield

During Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s famous 1862 Valley Campaign, he surprised and routed a Union contingent at Front Royal before pushing on to Winchester. Although the campaign is well documented and many books have been written about it, the area...

By Linda Wheeler  | October 31, 2010; 10:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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