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Stephen Douglas receives updates on election returns while in Mobile, Alabama

Stephen Arnold Douglas, engraving, detail
11/06/1860
After delivering the last speech of his election campaign on November 5, Stephen Douglas remained in Mobile, Alabama and waited for election returns from key states. By the time Douglas and his wife left for New Orleans, Louisiana on November 8, 1860 reports indicated that Abraham Lincoln had won. As historian James L. Huston explains, in the South “[Douglas] came face to face with those who would not accept majority rule, even when conducted wholly within the confines of the Constitution.” (By Don Sailer)
Source Citation: 
James L. Huston, Stephen A. Douglas and the Dilemmas of Democratic Equality (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2007), 177.
Damon Wells, Stephen Douglas: The Last Years, 1857-1861 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1971), 257.

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