How did Abraham Lincoln election, the South’s secession and Civil War effect American society?

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The Civil War, which began with the secession crisis over Lincoln’s election was one of the most formative events in American history, and had a profound effect on American society.

When Lincoln was elected despite not being on the ballot in most of the southern states, it showed that the south no longer had the ability to influence national politics. Lincoln wasn’t for the abolition of slavery when he was first elected, but he did call for the end of its spread. Without slavery being allowed to spread in the new territories, the south’s tenuous hold on the Senate...

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