He also had the thought that he would be the

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Abraham Lincoln completely shut the idea down right away. He also had the thought that he would be the Republican leader of the section and state, and not Douglas. Abraham Lincoln and Douglas had multiple debates over the seat of the Senate. They both were sharp in the ability of speech and they both tried to use that skill to their advantage against the other. They both were not abolitionist and not pro slavery, but Abraham Lincoln thought that slavery in the territories must be excluded. He attacked the inconsistency of Douglas in his proposed popular sovereignty principle and the Dred Scott decision. Abraham Lincoln did lose the election, even though it did not surprise him, it extremely depressed him. The positive outcome of this loss was that he did
Massadeh 7 gain national recognition and support to be the front runner for the 1860 presidential election. In the 1860 election, Abraham Lincoln was able to be chosen as the Republicans nomination for the candidate for president, being chosen over the New York Senator, William H. Seward, on the third ballot at the Republican National Convention. He put aside law entirely to focus in his campaign. With the Democrats divided and the Republicans united with each other and a total of four candidates on the field, on November 6th he carried the election. The northern democrats were represented by Douglas, the southern democrats were represented by John C. Breckenridge, the new constitutional union party had been represented by John Bell. All of the votes in the south had been split by Breckenridge and Bell, and he did end up winning the majority in the north. Although Abraham Lincoln did not receive any votes in the south, and he only received 40 percent of all the votes combined, he did win the popular vote as they were so completely spread out that he won the majority clearly and decisively in the electoral college. When Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States and most of the South did not appreciate that. Abraham Lincoln was not prepared for what would befall of him during his presidency. Right before his inauguration, the state of South Carolina declared that they would secede from the Union. To try and prevent the other southern states from doing the same thing, the Congress tried to propose many compromises to appeal to the South. One of the most famous compromises proposed was the Crittenden Compromise, this compromise stated that slavery would exist forever and in the border states it would be dividing. These compromises failed to please the south as six more states in the south seceded and created the Confederate States of America. Even before Abraham Lincoln moved together with his family into the White House, there was a huge crisis that he had to take care of. The attention was focused upon Fort Sumter, which was
Massadeh 8 located in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. This fort was still under construction and there were Union troops stationed there. The Confederacy claimed the fort as their own and they threatened to attack it. Abraham Lincoln immediately requested that Winfield Scott, who was the

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