The Civil War: A House Divided

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Additionally, the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 inflamed the South due to the fact that Lincoln was a Republican. The South believed the goal for the Republican party was to over throw slavery (Lecture, “Causes of the Civil War: A House Divided”). Instead, the primary intention was to prevent the expansion of slavery; therefore, slavery needed to transition into “all one thing or all the other” (Lecture, “Causes of the Civil War: A House Divided”). Before Lincoln was inaugurated, the South seceded, and the development of the Confederate States of America emerged with the intention to self govern and protect slavery. South Carolina was the first to secede followed by Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas. The

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