Abraham Lincoln's Presidency

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What were some of the major issues Abraham Lincoln faced while he was in office?  

Some of the major issues that Abraham Lincoln faced while he was in office included the secession of many of the Southern states, the outbreak of the Civil War, worry over whether the Emancipation Proclamation could withstand a legal challenge, and a low approval rating from his constituency.

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One of Lincoln's earliest and most serious challenges was the secession of Southern states. Before he took office, South Carolina had already seceded, and it was followed by Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee in 1861. Lincoln was against expanding slavery, but the American South depended on it to support its largely agrarian economy. When South Carolinians attacked Fort Sumter in April of 1861, the Civil War began. It raged until April of 1865 when General Lee of the Confederacy surrendered to General Grant of the Union.

In 1863, Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing slaves, but he remained concerned that after the war ended the judiciary could overrule his proclamation. Lincoln wanted a Constitutional amendment to protect it, and it came in December of 1865, months after his death.

Though there were not approval polls for the president's performance like there are now, Lincoln was fairly unpopular...

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