Causes of the Civil War

Debates of the Election of 1860

what went down

  • Lincoln challenged Douglas to a war of ideas.
  • They debated in 7 different states
  • During these debates Douglas advocated popular sovereignty
  • But this challenged Dred Scot decision
  • Douglas won a seat in the Senate
  • However Lincoln won the presidency
  • Fort Sumter was running out of supplies so Abraham Lincoln sent them supplies knowing that it would make the South mad.
  • The South did get angry and attacked Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861