Political Chart of the United States, 1856
    By 1856 the continuing debate over slavery had politically divided the nation. The newly formed Republican Party - committed to preventing the expansion of slavery - nominated the famous explorer John C. Fremont to run for president in the election of 1856.

A Republican campaign chart graphically illustrates the division between free and slave states. Frémont is pictured at the top.
Political Chart of the United States, 1856

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