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A. James Fuller: The Election of 1860 | BRI Scholar Talks

BRI Senior Teaching Fellow Tony Williams sits down with author and University of Indianapolis professor of history James Fuller to discuss the dramatic 1860 presidential election and why it was so significant. Fuller reviews the sectionalism that divided the country and the contention that surrounded the election. What dangers threaten the national union when citizens do not trust each other? And what happens when groups of voters put their self-interest before the common good? Fuller is the author of several books on the Civil War and Reconstruction including "The Election of 1860 Reconsidered."