Summary: Abraham Lincoln was a representative of the Anti-Slavery Republican party in the 1860 presidential election, with his running mate, Hannibal Hamlin. Lincoln gained attention from a debate against the democratic leader, Stephen Douglas. He won in all the states except the slave states. He wasn’t even on the ballot in some states! After he was elected, Abraham Lincoln made the Emancipation Proclamation, which granted slaves freedom. He was an important symbol in the Civil War, and he used the Anaconda Plan to round up the Confederates.
Northern Perspective: The Northerners were happy about Abraham being elected because they actually voted for him. He shared the political ambitions the North had. He had one big goal to end slavery and stop the Union from separating, and people in the North also supported that.
Southern Perspective: The Southerners were mad because they didn’t vote for him. They believed that if a president could win the election through votes from only one side, then it isn’t giving an equal representation of the whole nation. Abraham Lincoln didn’t believe in the same things the South thought they needed to survive. Lincoln was against slavery, but the South’s economy depended so much on slavery then they wouldn’t go without it. This showed the southerners that the country was so divided so they had to break away from the Union.