What Northerners' reaction to Lincoln's election?
The general reaction in the North was supportive, but many had doubts as to whether Lincoln would actually follow through with his plan.
The North was satisfied with Lincoln's election, but with the Civil War approaching, people doubted that he could handle the strain of fighting a war. Northerners were surprised to learn that Lincoln could handle the strain of the war. When he called to put down the so called "uprising" in the Southern states, the people responded enthusiastically.
Like most Northerners, Lincoln had been willing to tolerate slavery in its traditional heartlands, but did not like the prospect of an extended slave-empire. When he issued his Emancipation Proclamation, it was for strictly tactical reasons, though no doubt it also caused some Northerners to re-define their views on the slave system.
It stopped the riots that were breaking out as Lincolns troops went through Maryland to get to Washington. Many of the riots were between confederate supporters in Maryland and the Union Soldiers. Suspending Habeas Corpus also would keep Northerners that were sympathetic to the southern cause from interfering with war measures. Basically it was Lincolns way of staying in control but there was a lot of controversy because technically Lincoln did not have the right…