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Civil War News for the week of November 13th, 2012

Lincoln-Douglas Debates & Elections of 1860

  • This was a series of seven debates.
  • Lincoln was republican, Douglas was democrat.
  • They debated for one of two Illinois seats in the senate.
  • The main issue discussed in all debates was slavery.
  • Each debate was held in a different town.
  • Lincoln lost & Douglas got the seat in senate.

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Why did this lead to the Civil War?


  • Douglas became governor of Illinois, which made him lose the chance of presidency, causing a split democratic party.
  • That led to Lincoln becoming president.
  • On April 12th, 1861 Fort Sumter was runnin out of supplies. Lincoln sent more knowing that it might cause a war.
  • This made the south angry, thus starting the Civil War.

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