Nativism and the Creation of a Republican Majority in the North before the Civil War

  title={Nativism and the Creation of a Republican Majority in the North before the Civil War},
  author={William E. Gienapp},
  journal={The Journal of American History},
Historians have long recognized that the rise of the sectional Republican party was an essential link in the chain of events that led to the Civil War. The latest in a series of attempts since 1840 to form a northern antislavery party, it was the first such party to garner substantial electoral support, and following its national triumph in 1860 and the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln as the country's first Republican president, war broke out between the North and the South. The history of the… 

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