Both the years leading up to Abraham Lincoln's presidency and his years in office were primarily two things--the issue of slavery and then later, the United States Civil War. Long before Abraham Lincoln started his political career, the question of slavery had grown as a point of tension within the nation. The question of slavery became a major political issue, in which Abraham Lincoln, like many of the politicians of his time, had to take a stance on. After his election in 1860, the southern states seceeded and shortly after, with the attack on Fort Sumter, the American Civil War had begun.
Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War
Last updated: May 13, 2021