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It's important to understand just how little support Lincoln had in the south. This map shows the proportion of the population voting for Lincoln. The results on this map are hard to fathom with a modern understanding of politics. It wasn't that a huge majority of Southerners didn't want Lincoln, it was almost unanimous. In a two party system where ...


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Question: Why did Lincoln's election prompt the Southern states to secede? I am confused by that timing: Lincoln seemed to have a very moderate anti-slavery position. He was staunchly opposed to the expansion of slavery to new states, but even years later did not believe that slavery could be interfered with in states where it was established (except as ...


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Question: Before the Civil War, did the USA ever offer something like a “5-year plan” for the South to abolish slavery? Answer The abolitionist Lysander Spooner's 1858 plan to end slavery with the cooperation of non slave holding southerners fits your criteria. He does call for military involvement of the south, but it's not clear if that is to subdue ...


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The federal government didn't offer any sort of plan for compensated emancipation to the slave states, because the slave states had too much control and influence in the federal government before 1860 for the federal government to take any sort of anti slavery action. After the election of 1860, when the slave states clearly saw they had lost their ...


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