The 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, led to the secession of the South.
The 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, led to the secession of the South. Many Southerners believed that the results of the election directly threatened the institution of slavery and their “states’ rights.” Upon the secession of the Lower South, tensions between the national government and that of the states increased. Soon, small-scale skirmishes would emerge, and what appeared at first to be a rebellion would turn into a lengthy civil war.
This week’s discussion is multifaceted. First, we will analyze the reasons for and impact of secession. Then, we will examine the earliest phase of the Civil War.
For your initial post, identify the arguments secessionists gave to justify their states leaving the union OR the arguments unionists used to keep the union intact.