Old Abe's Elected
DESCRIPTION: "Old Abe's elected so they say Along with Darkey Hamlin, The Yankees think they'll gain the day By nigger votes and gamblin'." (To the tune of Yankee Doodle)
EARLIEST DATE: 1938 (Randolph)
KEYWORDS: Civilwar political parody
1861-1865 - Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin are President and Vice President
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Randolph 245, "Old Abe's Elected" (1 text)
cf. "Old Honest Abe" (subject)
NOTES [115 words]: Abraham Lincoln hardly needs introduction. Hannibal Hamlin was Lincoln's vice president; a former Democrat, he joined the Republicans over the issue of slavery. He was replaced as vice president, in Lincoln's second term, by Andrew Johnson.
This piece clearly shows the level of political rhetoric that was being fired about during the election of 1860; Hamlin was anti-slavery, but not radically so; certainly neither he nor Lincoln had, at that time, any plan to enfranchise the southern slaves. And, at this time, a referendum in New York to grant Blacks the franchise failed miserably. For background on the amazingly complex election of 1860, see the notes to "Lincoln and Liberty." - RBW
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