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Question

How did South Carolina respond after the election of Abraham Lincoln as president?
A. It demanded an immediate recount of popular and electoral votes.
B. It seceded and called on Southern states to do the same.
C. It called for the immediate impeachment of President Lincoln.
D. It demanded that the Supreme Court declare the election null and void.

2 Answer

  • The correct answer would be B
  • The correct answer is B) It seceded and called on Southern states to do the same.

    Abe Lincoln's election as president resulted in South Carolina leaving the Union. This took place roughly one month after the election. South Carolina was worried that as president, Lincoln would work with Northern congressmen to end the institution of slavery. This would negatively impact the Southern economy, as slaves were the primary labor force. This is why South Carolina left the Union and encouraged other states to join. Ultimately, 11 states would secede from the Union throughout the Civil War.

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