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How did the South react to the election of Abraham Lincoln as President of the U.S. in 1860?  

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The South reacted to the election of Abraham Lincoln by eventually seceding from the Union. This, of course, prefigured the Civil War.


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The South was very displeased with the election of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States in 1860. They were convinced Lincoln was going to end slavery. The South came to this conclusion for a few reasons. In the Lincoln-Douglas debates for the United States Senate in 1858 in Illinois, Lincoln made it clear he thought slavery was wrong. He also believed that slavery shouldn’t spread. When he got the nomination from the anti-slavery Republican Party in 1860, the South was very concerned.

The South had made up its mind. They believed Lincoln would end slavery. However, if they would have listened closely to Lincoln, he had said if he could keep the country together by keeping slavery, he would do so. While Lincoln would clearly try to slavery from spreading, he knew keeping the country together was his number one objective. If that meant...

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