12.5 The Civil War

12.5 The Civil War - Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 The...

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Wednesday, December 5 th , 2007 The Civil War Causes of the Civil War o Essentially, citizens thought that slavery was involved in every aspect of life Became a war over the interpretation of founding principles since the nation was discovered o When Lincoln was elected in 1860, Southerners thought that he was an abolitionist and supported racial equality, even though he denied it o Northerners thought that the Southerners were immoral for the institution of slavery Could not readily let the South secede from the Union in peace because majority rule was the bedrock principle of republicanism If every minority could break up the country every time they didn’t get their way, democracy would eventually become extinct o Government for the people and by the people should not be torn apart o Two Presidents Abraham Lincoln, President of the Union
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Did not expect to abolish slavery at first; only to preserve the Union Jefferson Davis, provisional president of the Confederacy
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