The Election of 1860 + Secession

The Election of 1860 + Secession
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Cosette Rhoads

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  • Lincoln-Douglas Debates
  • While the Democrats argued for popular sovreignity.
  • The Republican Party believed in the free soil ideology.
  • House Divided
  • Lincoln was not an abolitionist, but he did think slavery was immoral. As a result, he argued only for an absolute decision about slavery. In his famous speech, he says "a house divided against itself cannot stand' of the sectionalist argument.
  • Democrats and other Nominees
  • Republican
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Stephen A. Douglas
  • Democrat
  • John C. Breckinridge
  • John Bell
  • Election Results
  • Because of the division of electoral votes between the democrats, Abraham Lincoln won the presidency and the democrats won a majority in Congress.
  • South Carolina
  • On December 20, 1860, South Carolina was the first state to secede. In February, 1861, seven seceded states formed the Confederate States of America. President James Buchanan said that no state had the right to secede but the federal  government had no right to stop them from doing so.
  • Legacy of the Election of 1860
  • The southern states had vowed to secede if Abraham Lincoln won the presidency, and they stayed true to their word. This secession, and the crises to come, caused the Civil War.
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