Compare and Contrast Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis as Wartime Leaders

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In 1860 the United states of America cracked in two, the South, appalled by the result of the election which led Abraham Lincoln to take office, seceded from the North and created the Confederacy of the United States. Lincoln the much loved Republican is in the history books as one of the most inspirational leaders of America became the President of the Union. While on the 9th February the Confederate convention unanimously elected Senator Jefferson Davis as provisional President. Davis became, and remained to Northerners, the original wrongdoer. Later generations of liberal progressives would consider him an American Hitler. Abraham Lincoln was born on the frontier in Kentucky, he was self-educated and passed the bar and became a lawyer. In 1858 he ran against Stephen A Douglas to become Senator he lost that election but in the process he gained a national reputation mainly with his famous quote “A house divided against itself cannot stand, I believe the government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free”. After this Lincoln won the ticket for the Republican party nomination for Presidency and won with only 40% of the vote, due to the contest being split four ways. Lincoln tried to appease the South who hadn’t voted for him by saying that he wouldn’t interfere with slavery where it already existed, this however, for the states who hadn’t voted for him, wasn’t enough. Jefferson Davis was also born in Kentucky; he graduated from West point military academy and served in the US army before most notably becoming a cotton planter in Mississippi (which mainly relied on Slaves). Davis then sat in the US House of Representatives before resigning to take part in the Mexican War. Afterwards he then became US senate and afterwards served as Secretary of War from 1853-57. Davis was a military man who had hoped for a high place in the Confederate army but was voted

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