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Abraham Lincoln regarded by many as the greatest person in the United Stated history was elected president on November 6 1860 Lincoln felt it was undignified to campaign actively but his supporters more than made up for what he didnt do Lincoln had never held a prominent national office he had moderate views on the slavery question and had no bitter enemies during the elections While on the other hand Senator William H Seward had the strongest support in the beginning but it eventually decreased throughout the election He also had many enemies Senator Salmon P Chase didnt even have the support of his own state at the time Which therefore leaves Abraham Lincoln as the most eligible candidate Although Lincolns first priority was to save and maintain the Union together ironically he was a major reason why the south seceded Even during the month before Lincolns inaugurations many southern leaders threatened to withdraw their states from the Union if Lincoln were to win the election By December of 1860 South Carolina became the first state to secede Five other states Mississippi Florida Alabama Georgia and Louisiana-followed in January 1861 In the end eleven states fought for the confederacy They were the above six states along with Arkansas North Carolina Tennessee Texas and Virginia Twenty-three states fought for the Union The Civil war also known as the War of Secession claimed more American lives than any other war in history the cause of the Civil War has long been debated by historians Most agree that the war had a number of causes Lincoln once said He who would be no slave must consent to have no slave Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves and under a just God cannot long retain it Theres no doubt that the issue of slavery was an element that lead to the Civil War Along with the sectional division between the North and
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