As you have read in McPherson and the primary sources on secession, in 1860-1861 Southern states began to secede from the Union, viewing Lincoln’s election as the “last straw.” In this discussion, you will consider the reasons articulated for secession by the newly Confederate states as well as the reactions to secession from the remaining Union government, including the newly elected president, Abraham Lincoln.
Using the primary and secondary source reading as evidence, consider the following in a post of at least 250 words:
- What arguments did Southern states make to justify seceding from the Union?
- How did the federal government react to secession? Were these reactions justifiable? Why or why not?
Please ensure to provides a list of references, at least 1, utilized.