Abraham Lincoln Conflict

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Ever since the United States decided to expand its national territories towards the West by the beginning of the nineteenth century, there already existed a set of conflicts and controversies between those belonging to the Northern states and their own ideologies, and the Southerners and their ideals, mainly based on the issue of slavery. Thus, with slavery having been the main matter of political divergences between both sides, as well as the base of such conflicts, a number of Southern states carried out a secession with the upcoming election of Abraham Lincoln. Even though Lincoln thought that he had reached a situation in which such controversy was being now solved, due to his intentions of showing a moderate political view and not benefitting…show more content…
! ! Abraham Lincoln did never show a political position in which he was inclined by any of the extreme sides in the conflict with slavery. He tried to avoid directly benefitting those Southern pro-slavery, on one hand, or the most radical Northern abolitionists, on the other. However, the states from the South could appreciate a number of measures that had been performed by Lincoln before, in which he demonstrated not to completely be in favor of slavery. Thus, the Southerners were afraid that, with Lincoln as the political head of the nation, slavery and all the abundance of interests involved with it would disappear, leading to the devastation of the basis of the Southern economies. By such point, the South states had already presented a number of discontentments towards the decisions that had been made regarding slavery. With the Dred Scott Decision, the Kansas Nebraska Act, or a number of other compromises such as those of 1820 and 1850, or even the Missouri Compromise, among many others, which presented the same purpose of trying to abolish slavery, the Southerners had a strong set of arguments to be presenting that attitude towards the Union
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