The magazine’s first editor gives poetic voice to the nation’s grief.
In 1860, The Atlantic endorsed Abraham Lincoln for president.
“We must convince men that treason against the ballot-box is as dangerous as treason against a throne.”
Shortly before the 1860 presidential election The Atlantic’s editor, James Russell Lowell, came out in support of Abraham Lincoln, whom he commended as a “statesman” and a powerful voice against the spread of slavery. He predicted, accurately, that the election would prove to be “a turning-point in our history.”