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As President of the United States Abraham Lincoln not only played a major role during the civil war but also in the events preceding the war and his presidency Lincoln was running for President in a country united by law but separated by political social and economic differences After winning office Abraham Lincoln had to deal with the issue of the Southern states seceding and also the outbreak of civil war In conducting the civil war Lincoln had to successfully address an array of specific and inter-related issues if Union victory was to be attained These include marshalling the American economy to meet the tremendous war needs of several million soldiers raising a citizens army of volunteers willing to be trained and to die for the Union adopting war strategies for the Union Army handling foreign affairs dealing with the problem of slavery without destroying the democratic freedoms upon which the nation was founded As Abraham Lincoln a Republican contended for the role of president in a nation engulfed by sectional division the southern states were threatening to seclude themselves from the Union The dynamic force at work in the crisis was southern perception of the Republican Party not merely as a political opposition but as a hostile revolutionary organisation bent on total destruction of the slaveholding system The beliefs of the Republican Party according to an Alabama senator was as strong an incitement and invocation to servile insurrection to murder arson and other crimes as any to be found in abolition literature Republicans must be dealt with as enemies said North Carolina newspaper their policies would put a torch to their dwellings and a knife to their throat As soon as the election results were known southern leaders moved to carry out a threat many northerners refused to take seriously to secede from the Union Many southerners believed that their section would be discriminated against by an administration made up of
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