Election of 1860Election of 1860 Abraham LIncoln, a Republican abolitionist, got elected as the president of the United States. Due to the delicate social and political atmosphere that was building between the North and South for decades, the South decided to secede to maintain political and social power by keeping their slave-run economy in tact.
South SecedesSouth Carolina secedes from the Union first. However, seceded in February of 1861. This essentially established two nations on continent and began the path towards a bloody, viiolent, and history-making war.