A.P. U.S. History Mr. Krueger. Secession and the Civil War. Lincoln. Born 1809 to poor illiterate parents –Self educated 1831 settled in New Salem, and made a living as a Surveyor – Shopkeeper – Postmaster Found some success in law and politics
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“The Civil War put on trial the very principle of democracy at a time when European nations rejected political liberalism, and accepted the conservative views that popular government would collapse into anarchy.”
Historians generally blame Lincoln for the unnecessary war, because he would not support the compromise.
But it’s believed the approval of the compromise wouldn’t have halted the Deep South from seceding.
Lincoln felt that extending the Missouri Compromise to the Pacific wouldn’t halt the agitation for extending slavery to the new territories.
They felt the only solution to the house divide was to remove the chance of slavery expansion.
In his Inaugural Address (March 4, 1861) he stated many patriotic men urged him to accept the compromise, that would shift the ground on which he was elected. Lincoln said it signified that an elected President can’t be inaugurated until he betrays those that elected him.