In the first half of 1860 Republican editors in Franklin's Repository and Transcript attacked slavery as a violation of nature
that stole from the workingman the fruits of his labor; they focused mainly on slavery's potential to undermine free labor.
In the first half of 1860 Democratic editors in Franklin County emphasized slavery's compatibility with the Northern economy
and society and Northern complicity in the South's institution.
In the heat of the campaign of 1860 both Franklin Democrats and Republicans shifted their emphasis on slavery.