From secession to Fort Sumter

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From secession to Fort Sumter.  Lincoln's election was the signal for secession. Not surprising, South Carolina left first  (December 20, 1860), followed by Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana,  and Texas. Representatives of the seven states met in Montgomery, Alabama, in  February 1861 to form the Confederate States of America, draft a new constitution, and  elect Jefferson Davis of Mississippi as their first president. Last-minute efforts to  compromise failed. Senator John Crittenden of Kentucky tried to work out an  arrangement whereby owners of runaway slaves would be compensated for their loss  and to amend the Constitution to bar the federal government from interfering with  slavery in the South, but events had moved beyond compromise, and the Republicans  rejected Crittenden's proposals in any event.  The crucial issue was no longer slavery but whether the southern states would be 
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2011 for the course HIST 1310 taught by Professor Marshall during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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