Asked in US Civil WarHistory of the United StatesAbraham Lincoln
Why did the SOuth secede after the election of 1860?
March 09, 2011 11:19PM
Lincoln didn't want to make slavery illegal where it already existed because he knew it would lead to heightened tensions. He did, however, want to declare slavery illegal in the western US territories to stop the growth of slavery. Lincoln thought slavery could eventually be abolished, but not until the early 1900s, as he wanted a slow and peaceful transition. The South seceded because they were afraid of what Lincoln would do as president, and even seceded before he took office.