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How is the election of Abraham Lincoln as U.S. president in 1860 connected to the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter on April 12-13, 1861?

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Abraham Lincoln was elected in November 1860; by December, South Carolina would host a secession convention, thus becoming the first state in what would become the Confederate States of America. South Carolina slave owners and many others in the Deep South feared that Lincoln's election meant the end of slavery, even though Lincoln's political platform only mentioned stopping slavery where it had already existed. Before April 1861, the Lower South had already seceded. South Carolina seized Fort Moultrie as it was on what they regarded as their property, even though it was a federal military installation. In the waning days of the Buchanan presidency, he sent...

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