Election of Abraham Lincoln

Election of Abraham Lincoln

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  • In Illinois, 1858--
  • Slavery is unfair because blacks should have the right to advance themselves by their work in society.
  • You're a Negro-sympathizer! The South depends on slavery too, it's necessary.
  • Before the election of 1860, in the South--
  • Lincoln is a complete abolitionist! He wants to get rid of slavery!
  • Southern states have had talks about seceding. We should secede if he becomes President, to protect slavery.
  • He will do that if he becomes President. But we depend on slavery, we just can't function without it.
  • After the election--
  • I can't believe Lincoln won! I will definitely join pro-slavery leaders if they decide to secede.
  • Lincoln participated in a series of famous debates, against another man, Stephen Douglas. It brought more attention to the debate over slavery, and it helped him get elected in 1860. 
  • Many people in the South threatened to leave the US and form a separate country, if Lincoln was elected. They were convinced he was planning to abolish slavery.
  • Contrary to the South's beliefs--
  • I don't think I'm an abolitionist. Although I think slavery is morally wrong, I don't plan on eradicating it. I just don't want slavery to spread to new Western territories. The slavery already in place can remain as is.
  • Works Cited “Abraham Lincoln.” American Battlefield Trust, 15 Apr. 2018, www.battlefields.org/learn/biographies/abraham-lincoln. “Abraham Lincoln Elected President.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, www.history.com/this-day-in-history/abraham-lincoln-elected-president.
  • Lincoln was elected President! Of course, not everyone liked him. He had only a 40% majority but he beat the other candidates, including Stephen Douglas.
  • South Carolina was the first state to secede, on December 20, 1860, followed by the other states. In February of 1861, even before Lincoln's inauguration, the Confederate States of America was formed. Its leader was Jefferson Davis and its capital was Montgomery, Alabama.
  • The South was mistaken about Lincoln's real intentions about slavery. This misunderstanding is what caused some Southern states to secede, which triggered the Civil War.
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