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Why did some Southern states secede immediately after Lincoln’s election in 1860?

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treybengals123 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted July 4, 2012 at 7:24 PM via web

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Why did some Southern states secede immediately after Lincoln’s election in 1860?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 4, 2012 at 7:40 PM (Answer #1)

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Some Southern states seceded right after Lincoln was elected because they felt that his election showed that they and their way of life were doomed.  

Lincoln had been elected even though he had not even been on the ballot in most Southern states.  The fact that he could get elected with no Southern support scared the Southern states.  When his election was made official, they felt that it was simply a prelude to the North trying to abolish slavery everywhere in the United States.  

Southern states seceded after Lincoln's election, then, because they felt that his election showed they had no power in the USA and that the North would soon destroy their way of life that centered around slavery.

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