Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Wednesday, February 22, 2017:
Final Jeopardy! category: PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN YEARS
Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: Year the New York World lamented, “The age of statesmen is gone…the age of rail-splitters and tailors…has succeeded”
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Mari Hanley, a junior at Stetson University from Lighthouse Point, Florida
||Netanel Paley, a senior at Yeshiva University from Teaneck, New Jersey
||Gary Tse, a freshman at the United States Naval Academy from Ellicott City, Maryland
What is 1864?
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The editorial appeared in June of 1864 and was critical of the National Union ticket of Lincoln (the “rail-splitter”) and Johnson (the “tailor”). In spite of this, the Union campaigns in the Civil War were doing quite well in the lead-up to the election, and Lincoln’s main Republican challenger John C. Fremont withdrew in September, owing to the need to unite the Republicans, as the Democratic platform wished to re-institute slavery.
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