1860 Election and South Seccession


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  • The election of 1860 took place during a time when tensions between the North and South were very high. These tensions were majorly influenced by the issue of slavery, and which regions should be allowed to practice it.
  • This election took place between Frederick Douglass, who was for the South, and Lincoln, who was for the North
  • I, Abraham Lincoln, believe that slavery is immoral and should not be spread. As President, I would support protective tariffs for manufacturers, rights for immigrants and former slaves, and an increased use of railroad transportation
  • I, Frederick Douglass, support popular sovereignty, which means I believe that states should have the ability to decide if they want to be slave free or not. I also support the Fugitive Slave Act, which states that it is illegal to help a fugitive slave escape from their owner.
  • Lincoln ended up winning the election, because he appealed to all of the North and Republicans living there. 
  • While Lincoln resided as President, sectional tensions continued to climb, so as an effort to avoid civil war, Senator John J. Crittenden proposed a compromise that guaranteed slavery where it already existed. Although it gained support from the Southerners, the plan ultimately did not go through because Lincoln rejected it
  • This was the final straw for the South, and it led South Carolina to secede from the Union, followed by other southern states, which created the Confederacy. The Southern secession from the Union was one of the last events leading into the war.
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