Democrats chose James Buchanan to head their presidential ticket in 1856. The long-serving politician seemed perfect to calm the sectional strife that gripped the nation. Buchanan hailed from non-slaveholding Pennsylvania but supported the rights of states and territories to decide whether slavery should exist within their own borders. He was elected, but divisions worsened. By the end of his presidency the country was splitting in two.

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  • Title: Buchanan-Breckinridge Campaign Flag, 1856
  • Date: 1856
  • Date Created: 1856
  • Location: United States
  • Subject Keywords: Breckinridge, John C. (John Cabell), 1821-1875, Buchanan, James, 1791-1868, Democratic Party (U.S.), Political campaigns, Presidential campaigns, Presidential candidates, Presidential elections, Vice-Presidential candidates, Flags
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: Digital Collections
  • Object Name: Flag
  • Object ID: 00.3.16652
  • Image ID: THF164071
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.