Opposing Lincoln

This pamphlet encouraged citizens to vote for the popular Democratic senator Stephen A. Douglas, rather than Lincoln, in the 1860 presidential election. It accused Lincoln of being hostile to the Constitution and an agitator against slavery. Because Lincoln sought to prevent the spread of slavery into the territories, he is portrayed here as “the most ultra Abolitionist.” The pamphlet warned readers that Lincoln would favor federal intervention in the South to end slavery and would endorse the use of violence to free slaves.