The 1856 Political Platforms

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For this assignment you will write a essay about the platforms of the two national political parties in 1856, just five years before the outbreak of the Civil War. The web readings for this assignment can be accessed from the Web Links. Read the excerpts from the following: The Democratic Platform (1856) The Republican Platform (1856) As you are writing, please seek to answer these questions within your essay. To what extent do these documents reflect the larger sectional tensions of the era? How do these documents reflect the tensions over slavery? What other sectional issues are apparent in this document? Do you think conflict was inevitable? Do not make the mistake of looking at their current platforms.
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