clampdaddy wrote:South Carolina was the first state to secede and in December of 1860 they made it pretty clear as to why they chose to do so.
I believe it was the secession of West Virginia that was preverbal straw on the camel's back. They felt their ECONOMIC needs weren't being well represented with in state politics. So after a few assemblies, the delegates agreed to give the decision to congress which said they would only ratify the new state if they agreed to abolish slavery, which they agreed to. In this instance slavery was just a bargaining chip, not the cause.
Not to mention the Civil War was brewing before Lincoln's presidency, specifically the encroachment of the South Carolina militia on Fort Sumter. Because of president Buchanan's demilitarization of the fort, Lincoln was burdened with sending an expeditionary force to the fort. (The DHC liberals should find this easy to understand as they are used to blaming former Presidents for current problems.....)