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Decision 1856 is a historical re-enactment of the United States
presidential campaign of 1856. It is performed in
the county seat of
Haralson County, Georgia, which was created
in 1856. September 16, 2006 was the first performance of this historical pageant,
whose execution is described here.
The climax of the pageant is a vote by the audience. A printed version
of a fictional speech of about five minutes was posted at the polling place
for each of the three candidates, to help the voter decide for whom to vote.
The texts posted in 2006 are linked below:
Revised versions of the these speeches (not posted in time for the 2006 performance)
are linked below:
Buchanan (version 2)
Fillmore (version 2)
Fremont (version 2)
Three amateur actors each portrayed one of the three respective
candidates, exercising ultimate artistic control. Actor photos and their
calling cards are thumbnailed below. Ward Mabry authored a speech
for James Buchanan, linked below. Patrick Clarey authored a brochure for
John C. Fremont, linked below.