By all accounts, the election of 1860 was what political scientists would later term a “critical election"--that is, an election that reflected and/or affected a significant shift in party alignments and/or brought about a significant shift in policies that reflected and/or affected political behavi....
"CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL: The Election(s) of 1860,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 15
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol15/iss1/4