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Unknown [Wide-awake election of 1860 campaign ribbon]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05865 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Object Date: 1860 Pagination: 1 ribbon ; 12.5 x 6.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Republican campaign ribbon supporting Abraham Lincoln for President printed with "Wide Awake," and a large eye. Printed on white silk. Thousands of young men turned out in "Wide Awake" torchlight parades in support of Lincoln. The Wide Awakes are credited with helping Lincoln win the Republican presidential nomination at the Wigwam convention Hall in Chicago. Their stand against slavery helped bring the party to greater national attention.

Background Information: Thousands of young men turned out in "Wide Awake" torchlight parades in support of Lincoln. The Wide Awakes are credited with helping Abraham Lincoln win the nomination for President of ...the United States at the Wigwam convention Hall in Chicago. They also helped bring the Republican party to national attention with issues such as the stand against slavery.
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People: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Republican PartyPresidentElectionPoliticsGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: Lincoln

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