Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Roy N. Robbins


The idea for this thesis was conceived out of the question that if history judeges a man to be truly great, could the essential lines and nature of the greatness be seen through a thoroughly hostile opposition prase. The man is Abraham Lincoln. The press consists of The Charleston Mercury and The Charleston Daily Courier, oth active South Carolina daily newspapers during the Presidential campaign of 1869. When it was learned that these newspapers represented opposite and rather polarized extremes within the socio-political attitude loosely described as "Southern Democrat," the purpose of this paper expanded into an editorial comparison of their descriptions and judgements o Lincoln from his nomination as the Republican Presidential candidate on May 13, 1860, until the secession of South Carolina on December 20, 1860.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the College of Graduate Studies Univesity of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1965, Robert Kahle Pierce

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