The Nation Shall Live and Slavery Shall Die: The Presidential Election of 1864
Speaker: Codie Eash
As Americans struggled through the Civil War’s fourth autumn, eligible voters in loyal states cast their ballots in the presidential election of 1864. The campaign pitted incumbent Abraham Lincoln against his former general-in-chief, George McClellan, and its results framed the ultimate effects of the conflict itself. Soldiers and citizens collectively determined whether the nation would quell a rebellion, or open peace negotiations; expand the rights of freed people, or deemphasize personal liberties; and end slavery, or keep the institution intact. More than any wartime event not decided upon a battlefield, the course and consequences of this election are among the most significant in U.S. history.
Codie Eash serves as Visitor Services Coordinator at Seminary Ridge Museum, Gettysburg, and is a 2014 graduate of Shippensburg University, where he earned a bachelor degree in communication/ journalism and held a minor in history. He contributes to the blog Pennsylvania in the Civil War; serves as a co-host on Battles and Banter, a military history podcast; and maintains the Facebook page “Codie Eash – Writer and Historian,” which primarily focuses on the heritage and legacy of the Civil War era.
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