Election of 1860 and Secession

Election of 1860 and Secession

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  • Election of 1860 and Secession 
  • Lincoln is against slavery and he just won the election! Our lifestyle is based on slavery what is he going to try to do?
  • Lincoln was able to win the election of 1860 with absolutely no support from the Southern states. They believed he was promoting outright abolition so when he did win, it concerned many of them.
  • Once the news spread that Lincoln was going to be president, people in the South began to attempt to find a solution. They knew that if they stayed apart of the U.S. Lincoln would most likely try and change the southern way of life. 
  • We need to secede from the Union, a Republican president will soon take over Congress and the Supreme Court. With this power, they will eventually try to change the constitution!
  • A few weeks after Lincoln had been elected, there was a convention held in South Carolina. Lincoln's victory had represented the beginning of Southern independence since they now had a reason to cut ties with the union.
  • Shortly after the state convention, South Carolina decided they would be the first to secede.  Both US senators for the state resigned, as well as a federal judge. They began lowering American flags and raising state ones.
  • By the time Lincoln was giving his inaugural address, 7 states had seceded. As he was giving his speech he was able to see into Virginia where they were raising a confederate flag. 
  • The impact of Lincoln being elected was the South seceding, beginning with SC, who did not want a president that did not support the southern way of life. Once SC seceded, many other states followed. They established the Confederate States of America and this separation led to the beginning of the civil war a month later.
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