Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Martin Van Buren
In the election of 1848 the Democrats nominated General Lewis Cass, the whigs nominated Zachory Taylor, and the Antislavery men of the North know as the Free Soil party nominated Martin Van Buren the former president. The Free Soil party distrusting both Cass and Taylor nominated Buren and cried , "Free soil, free speech, free labor, and free men." The Free soilers built their party not to condemn slavery for enslaving the blacks but because the slaves destroyed the chances of free white workers to rise up from unemployment. In the end Taylor's wartime popularity pulled him through and the Free Soiler Van Buren , although winning no state , polled 291,263 ballots and diverted enough democratic strength from Cass in the state of New York to throw the election in favor of Taylor.