This book starts with an outline of the story of Abraham Lincoln's election in 1860. In the presidential election of the same year, the voting was remarkably lopsided with regard to geography. In the eighteen free states, Republican candidate Lincoln won 54 percent of the popular vote and nearly every electoral vote. In the fifteen slave states, he received just 2 percent of the popular vote and captured a total of two counties; his name did not even appear on the ballot in the Deep South cotton belt. To a great many Southerners, the election's results exposed their powerlessness before a hostile enemy. The seven states of the Deep South formally withdrew from the United States and met in early February to form a new government.
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