Abraham Lincoln's Presidency

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What did the North and the South think of Abraham Lincoln?  

Lincoln was very popular in the North, but the South did not think highly of him. Southerners were convinced Lincoln would completely ruin their way of life by abolishing slavery and turning their lives upside down. His election actually led to multiple states seceding, although the North stood firmly behind him.

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The conflict between Abraham Lincoln and the South was, many historians believe, one of the early indications of an oncoming war. Lincoln favored abolishing slavery, though he conceded that he would allow slavery to exist where it already had extended its influence in order to keep the Union in one piece. This, however, was not enough for the South. They felt Lincoln was out to destroy their way of life, and that he sought to abolish the system on which their agrarian economy had become dependent. When he was elected in 1860, multiple Southern states immediately seceded, followed by several more later.

For the most part, Lincoln was popular in the North. Many abolitionists stood firmly behind his ideas and supported him during his election. Northerners felt the South was wielding too much power; they particularly disliked the Fugitive Slave Act. They feel it was immoral, and believed the North was being forced to comply with Southern laws. Even though Lincoln enjoyed mostly strong...

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