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Old 09-11-2019, 11:44 PM
Horatio Hellpop is offline
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Originally Posted by kirkrapine View Post
It could not have been. Southern states started announcing their secession immediately after Lincoln was elected -- before he had actually done anything to threaten their internal autonomy -- before he had even taken office.
Lincoln wasn't even on the ballot in most southern states. Southerners felt, with some justification, that he was being rammed down their throats in a rigged election. And Lincoln's party was, at that point, a single-issue one: No slavery in the new territories. Saying he wasn't yet an abolitionist is like saying Elizabeth Warren isn't primarily coming for your guns.