Some issues are too fundamental for a party to withstand, and the consequences can last for a generation.
Sign up for the Retro Report newsletter

In partnership with Politico

The Split (1860): Conventional Wisdom

This year is remembered as landing one of America’s most revered and consequential presidents in office. But Abraham Lincoln’s election, and his subsequent assault on slavery, might not have happened had the Democratic Party not been in such disarray.This series was produced by Matt Spolar, in partnership with Politico.