Election of 1860

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  • Election of 1860
  • Ms. Emana, I have a question.
  • Well then, what is your question?
  • Why is the Election of 1860 an event that was considered to have caused the Civil War?
  • Election of 1860
  • Well, that is because in the events that occurred before the Election greatly seperated the North and the South even more.
  • For instance, as you can see here, the northern and southern democrats were having a quarrel. I say that because the southerners wanted the party to support slavery, but the Northeners refused to do so. And because of that, the party split in two.
  • As you can see here, the southern people are very mad. And that is because when the votes were counted at the end of the election, Lincoln had carried the North and won. Also, they were mad because Lincoln's name was not even on the ballot in 10 southern states.
  • And then after the Election occured, many southerners believed that the South no longer had a voice in National Government, and that the North had put an abolitionist in the White House. Because of that, they felt that secession was their only choice.
  • Oh, I get it now. That is because so many Southern states seceded from the Union, that a Civil war was then caused!
  • After the decision was made, South Carolina became the first state to secede, and then followed Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisana, Mississippi, and Texas.
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