The production of cotton was in heavy demand at the time. It was one of the United States biggest exports. Because it was made with slave labor it was very profitable. If slavery was to be abolished it would have a large effect on the economy. The South felt it had the upper hand against the North. The south was also very independent. It did not like government control. The south wanted no part in being a country. But they were in the Union. They could not get out. The south decided to form it's own country. The Confederate States of America.
The North would not let them go. They felt that the south was a part of the union forever. At the time of this whole uproar within the country a lawyer named Abraham Lincoln had been climbing the political ladder. He who believed in what the north stood for. He was a Congressman and very anti slavery. He helped make up bills that to abolish slavery, but they never got passed . Many southerners did their best to keep Lincoln out of the White House. They feared what he might do as a President. That he would hurt the
south. He did not want to see them separate themselves. He said "No state upon it's mere motion can lawfully get out of the union. I shall take care, as the constitution itself expressively enjoins upon me, that the law... [continues]
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