The Election of 1860
On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States. Lincoln was up against John C. Breckenridge, John Bell, and Stephan Arnold Douglas. Most of the Southern states were against him because he supported abolition, and without slaves, the South would not be able to produce as many goods to sell, therefore making less money. Once Abraham Lincoln was elected the southern states declared thmselves independent from the Union.