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Springfield Illinois Journal, "Fusion," August 31, 1854

This short article, perhaps ghostwritten by Abraham Lincoln, offers a great window into the politics of the realignment of the 1850s. The Springfield Journal complains about the use of the word "fusion" by the local pro-Stephen Douglas Democratic newspaper (the "Register") and tries to dismiss attempts by Democrats to scare opponents of the Kansas-Nebraska Act (including "democrats, whigs and free soilers") from combining or "fusing" with each other. (By Matthew Pinsker)


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