Summary: Abraham Lincoln won the election of 1860 against four other candidates, only winning the northerners votes. Most southern states didn’t even have his name on the ballet for the election. Abraham Lincoln was voted in by the Republican Party against three other parties known as Constitutional Union Party, southern Democratic Party, and the northern Democratic Party. Abraham Lincoln went against John Bell who was part of the Constitutional Union Party, John Breckinridge who was part of the southern Democratic Party, and Stephen A. Douglas part of the northern Democratic Party. Abraham Lincoln opposed slavery therefore he got all his votes from the north. This eventually led to seven southern states seceding.
Northern Perspective: The northerners agreed with what Abraham Lincoln valued about abolishing slavery. They respected his views as president and supported his decisions. The northerners haven’t used slaves after the American Revolution and have wanted the United States of America to be slave free ever since.
Southern Perspective: The southerners had believed that the northerners and Abraham Lincoln wanted to get rid of slavery which they opposed to because they relied on it for their livelihood. They also had the realization that if the northerners could out vote them for the presidency then they could out vote them on anything. This directly lead to the secession of seven southern states which included South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas who became the original Confederate States of America.