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What event caused Southern states to secede from the Union, just weeks after it happened?

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It was the election of Abraham Lincoln as president which caused the Southern states to secede. Lincoln was elected president on November on November 6, 1860, and secession began just a few weeks later: South Carolina went first, on December 20, followed by Mississippi on January 9, 1861, and then by Florida on the next day.

For the Southern states, secession from the Union was about saving slavery. They felt that Lincoln wanted to bring this practice to an end and they were prepared to take extreme action to prevent this from happening. By the time of Lincoln's inauguration, for instance,...

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