While reasons varied from state to state in the Confederacy, several main factors stood out. The question of slavery was paramount. The southern economy was built on free and forced labor, therefore northern abolitionist cries both frightened and angered slaveholders. They believed abolitionists were also determined to incite violence and insurrection among slaves, who clearly outnumbered them by a large percentage. They were particularly troubled by Lincolnâ??s election since they believed he was an abolitionist. They believed in the concept of statesâ?? rights which held that if the union was not doing what it could to protect the rights of its citizens, states had the rights to reject that government and establish one that does.