Presentation on theme: "Republican Party Lincoln and Douglas Debates 1858 1.A series of 7 formal political debates 2.Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas were campaigning for."— Presentation transcript:
Republican Party Lincoln and Douglas Debates 1858 1.A series of 7 formal political debates 2.Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas were campaigning for a seat in the U.S. Senate for the state of Illinois. 3.One of the main issues was slavery. 4.Lincoln gained national recognition and he became a viable candidate for the 1860 presidential election. Lincoln became known as an Antislavery candidate.
The Election of 1860 What Happened – 4 candidates were running to become president two from the North two from the South – The two most extreme candidates were Abraham Lincoln from the North who was against the expansion of slavery – John Breckinridge from the South who believed the federal government should support slavery in the western territory. How it led to the Civil War #2 – Even though Lincoln promised touch slavery where already existed, the South promised to secede from the Union if Lincoln won the presidency
The South Secedes from Union After Abraham Lincoln won the election of 1860 the Southern states began seceding or withdrawing from the Union. – On December 20 th 1860, South Carolina became the first state to secede – Other states in the Deep South where slave labor and the production of cotton were vital began to secede. Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas all join South Carolina within six weeks of South Carolina’s secession After the battle at Fort Sumter, Virginia Tennessee and Arkansas joined the Confederacy.