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In the 1850s the United States was not so United There had been many internal problems that were tearing the entire country apart Issues such as slavery and power of the states were coming between the country The south and north had been arguing about the issue of slavery for a very long time The North was against it They had set out to abolish it But the south was growing very rich off it It was cheap labor Al the slave owners had to pay for was room and board which was cheaper then paying salaries Since the industrial revolution and the invention of things like the Cotton Gin the south had become a large producer of all things cotton The production of cotton was in heavy demand at the time It was one of the United States biggest exports Because it was made with slave labor it was very profitable If slavery was to be abolished it would have a large effect on the economy The South felt it had the upper hand against the North The south was also very independent It did not like government control The south wanted no part in being a country But they were in the Union They could not get out The south decided to form its own country The Confederate States of America The North would not let them go They felt that the south was a part of the union forever At the time of this whole uproar within the country a lawyer named Abraham Lincoln had been climbing the political ladder He who believed in what the north stood for He was a Congressman and very anti slavery He helped make up bills that to abolish slavery but they never got passed Many southerners did their best to keep Lincoln out of the White House They feared what he might do as a President That he would hurt the
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