The Election of 1860 Ashley Weir, Nicole Fratkin, Skyler Stone, Haley Martin, Rhodes Hardy, Jacob Letson, Karlee Roberts
How did the Election of 1860 divide our nation? Abraham Lincoln was an educated speaker as well as an intelligent man. He was well known for his political views as well as his opposition to the expansion of slavery in the west. Lincoln won the votes of the North and two Western states, Oregon and California. Breckinridge won the deep South, including Texas, Deleware and Maryland. Bell won Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia while Douglas carried only Missouri. The country was now split into who they wished as President.
What decisions and laws during the Election of 1860 of Abraham Lincoln divided the nation? - Electoral votes beat the popular vote -He opposed expansion of slavery in the west. - He was a part of the Republican Party - He refused to make new states slave states because he was against the expansion of slavery - He called for volunteers
How did it cause the civil war? -The election of Lincoln did not directly cause the war -There were alot of problems before the election started that Lincoln did not contribute to like Slavery, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and states rights, including the right to secede - However, it did serve as a catalyst to southern seccession because to most southerners it was the last straw because none of the southern states voted for him but he still one
How would our group handle this situation today? - We would have voted for the best candidate, however because we live in the South, Abraham Lincoln may not have even been on the balled which would have resulted in our group voting for Douglas or not at all - Even without our groups vote he would have still won with 180 electoral votes and 1,865,593 popular votes. This was more than double the other candidates electoral votes.
The Election of 1860 in Modern Context In recent memory the most comparable situation to the election of 1860 was the presidential race between George W Bush and Al Gore. Both elections followed similar patterns and the issues each candidate was presented were comparable. Bush won the election although Al Gore recieved the majority of the popular vote. Just like 1860 the electoral collage was the deciding factor. Oddly enough both Lincoln and Bush inherited a war within a year of their Inaguration. However one major difference was the swap in States political affiliation in the elections. In 1860 the south voted primarley democrat while the north was almost entirely republican. These values have seen radical change since then.
What events or decisions could have stopped or slowed the war? If Abe Lincoln was not elected, this would have slowed down the Civil War. The reason that the South succeeded from the Union, is because Abe won the election without getting a vote from the South. The South felt overpowered by the North and they did not like this. So with this said, if Abe Lincoln was not elected and someone else was elected, then the Civil War could have been slowed down or stopped. Eventually a abolitionist would be elected and bring the south to secession.
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