Today’s America isn’t the only time when our country has seen powerful division and popular disenchantment with a sitting president.
When Abraham Lincoln was elected as our 16th US President in 1860, our United States were bound together by a thread and Lincoln had only received 39.8% of the popular vote. Seven southern states had already seceded from the Union (North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, and Maryland) and were attempting to form the Confederate States of America. The South greatly feared the election of a Republican president who they believed threatened their way of life and their rights to defend the institution of slavery. A tension of war loomed as did a threat to the personal security of the new President.
The head of a private detective agency, Mr. Allen Pinkerton, uncovered a plot by secessionists to assassinate the newly elected Mr. Lincoln in transit to his inauguration in Washington. Pinkerton and a former law partner devised a plan to safely deliver the new President to the White House by having him travel in disguise. Mr. Lincoln was not keen on the plan as he did not want to appear cowardly yet he understood the seriousness of ...
Words from the Wise
You can always count on Americans to do the right thing…after they’ve tried everything else
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