The Southern Secession

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Breaking up is hard to do - The southern secession Introduction After years of political instability caused by the slave question, an already divided nation split into two. Several southern states seceded in 1860 and 18611, and formed the Confederate States of America. This event took place at a time when Abraham Lincoln, a known anti-slavery supporter, had just been elected president. A common conclusion is that the South feared what would happen to their use of slavery, which they considered an essential part of their way of life, but could there be other factors? Upon further reflection it may appear to some, a very prompt and drastic reaction to the election of a president of a different political persuasion. It could be hypothesized…show more content…
Tough the secession and the Civil War are connected, it is important to distinguish between the two events. In this project the Civil War will be mentioned, but the primary focus will be on the secession and the formation of the Confederacy. In this section there will be an analysis of some key developments leading to the secession, namely the Missouri compromise of 1820, The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 and the election of 1860. This is done to better understand whether the secession was a culmination of several events, or the direct result of Abraham Lincoln’s election…show more content…
For economic reasons it seemed like a profitable alternative since restrictions on slavery would be lessened by a potential secession. Slavery was important to the profitable cotton industry in the South. Because they felt like they needed slavery so desperately many years of rationalization had made slavery a key part of Southern identity and culture. They had gone to great lengths to strengthen and expand slavery in the South and in territories. An Ideology, a faithfulness to the constitution was a huge factor as well. When Lincoln won the election in 1860 the Southern states feared for the survival of slavery, which they felt ensured a healthy Southern economy. And not only their economy but also the opportunities and freedoms that they felt slavery gave them. For them, these opportunities and freedoms were what it meant to be American. A South Carolina politician declared in 1860: “Slavery is our king,…Slavery is our truth, slavery is our divine

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