Lincoln script continued Ms. Dickerson
*At one time there were slaves in all the states, but gradually slavery was outlawed in the north.
The time had come to outlaw it in the whole country.
On stage comes Mr. Lincoln, a tall, very strong, brilliant man, who at his core knew slavery was wrong, and knew that the United States survival was based on Thomas Jefferson’s word “That all men are created equal” and that it was time for the United states to live up to these words.
Abolitionists had been fighting for years to end slavery. But in 1860 the time had come. Lincoln the republican candidate for president beat the pro-slavery candidate Stephen Douglas.
The Republican parties main platform was to end slavery. Now we had our first republican president. Now the real trouble started.
When Lincoln won the presidency the southern states were afraid he would try to end slavery. So they decided to leave the United states.
At first Seven states declared their secession before Lincoln took office on March 4, 1861: These states decided to start their own country, called the Confederate States of America
1. South Carolina (December 20, 1860)
2. Mississippi (January 9, 1861)
3. Florida (January 10, 1861)
4. Alabama (January 11, 1861)
5. Georgia (January 19, 1861)
6. Louisiana (January 26, 1861)
7. Texas (February 1, 1861)
7. (February 1, 1861)
After the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, and Lincoln’s subsequent call for troops on April 15, four more states declared their secession:
1. Virginia (April 17, 1861; ratified by voters May 23, 1861)
2. Arkansas (May 6, 1861)
3. Tennessee (May 7, 1861; ratified by voters June 8, 1861)
4. North Carolina (May 20, 1861)
Now we were really a country divided. And at war the Civil War!
The civil war was the bloodiest war the United States has ever fought. A war where American fought against American. The north against the south.
Mr. Lincoln started his presidency with a major war and a country split in two.