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Each state has a certain number of these people, called electors, and usually the winner of each state’s popular vote receives all of that states electoral votes. promoting intermarriage between freed African-American slaves and whites. ” plantation In reference to the United States before 1865, a large farm in the South worked by African-American slaves. free blacks The term used to describe African Americans who were not slaves prior to the abolition of slavery. general store A rural or small-town store that sells a variety of items such as clothing, hardware, and canned goods.

President Franklin Pierce. S. Senate when, on January 9, 1861, it was announced that the state he represented, Mississippi, had declared its independence from the United States. On January 21, calling it the “saddest day of my life,” he said farewell to his colleagues in the Senate and returned to Mississippi. Only a few weeks later, on February 22, he was chosen as the first and only president of the Confederacy. 36 President Lincoln and the Civil War General Robert E. Lee, who commanded all Confederate forces by the end of the Civil War in 1865, had been offered a Union army command just before the Civil War began in 1861.

In 1858, even many of the anti-slavery members of the audience found these representations of Lincoln frightening and distasteful. But Lincoln kept insisting that slavery was morally wrong. ” Douglas’s personal attacks seemed petty by comparison to Lincoln’s powerful ideas and use of language. ” As many as 25,000 people attended the October debates, while a million more followed the drama in newspapers. Although Lincoln lost this election, his reputation as an anti-slavery leader spread throughout the North and the South alike.

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