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Newspaper Sunday: Vote on November 6

By November 4, 2012

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A charming piece of history recently turned up, a public service announcement filmed by President John F. Kennedy a week before the 1962 midterm election. As Election Day that year happened to fall on November 6, President Kennedy's encouragement to vote on that date is perfectly apt this year.

The first nationwide Election Day was in 1848, and the first presidential election held on November 6 would have been in 1860. And that year's election may have been the most significant in American history, as it brought Abraham Lincoln to the White House and resulted in the slave states seceding from the Union.

This week in Newspaper Sunday we take a look back at items published on that particular Election Day. Americans 152 years ago had many of the same concerns we have today.

Note: After accessing the links to the excerpts from the newspapers, clicking the "persistent link" on the excerpt page will display the entire page of the newspaper at the Chronicling America site of the Library of Congress.

Photograph: Candidate Abraham Lincoln, photographed by Preston Butler in August 1860/Library of Congress

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