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To what extent did the election of Abraham Lincoln as president cause the outbreak of the U.S. Civil War?

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The election of Abraham Lincoln did cause the outbreak of the Civil War, but only in the immediate sense.  To think of what this means, think of a person who smokes, is terribly obese, and never exercises.  The person goes out for a walk and has a heart attack.  Did the walk cause the heart attack?  In a sense, it did, but the heart attack was really caused by all of the things that had gone before.  Lincoln’s election was the same way.

Lincoln’s election was the relatively immediate...

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