Why did the selection of Abraham Lincoln lead the southern states to secede?

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This was because Abraham Lincoln was elected without getting any votes from the Southern states.   When he got elected in that way, it made the Southern states feel that they were no longer represented in any way in the government.  They felt that Lincoln would not govern in ways that...

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This was because Abraham Lincoln was elected without getting any votes from the Southern states.   When he got elected in that way, it made the Southern states feel that they were no longer represented in any way in the government.  They felt that Lincoln would not govern in ways that would be of help to them.

Along with this, they felt that Lincoln was a "Black Republican."  They believed that he was in favor of freeing the slaves and giving them equal rights.  Because of this, they felt that Lincoln would be likely to act in ways that would destroy their social and economic system.

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