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Other Illinois Republicans did not have such doubts. They chose Abe as their candidate at the state convention in May. The following An Elected Representative of the People week, he was nominated as the Republican candidate at the national convention in Chicago. Hannibal Hamlin of Maine was nominated for vice president. On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th president of the United States of America, succeeding James Buchanan. He defeated Northern Democrat Stephen Douglas, Southern Democrat John C.
Originally, Abe was willing to leave slavery in the 51 52 ABRAHAM LINCOLN This painting, showing Abe with a former slave, Sojourner Truth, commemorates his signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, which changed the course of the Civil War. South if this would restore the Union. After the South was beaten, slavery would die out on its own. ” Abolitionists, on the other hand, wanted all slaves freed immediately. Abe was afraid to do that. He thought that might cause the slave states that bordered on the South—Kentucky, Missouri, Maryland, and Delaware—to leave the Union.
They did not like the idea of blacks being 57 58 ABRAHAM LINCOLN allowed to carry guns. Still others just wanted the war over and the troops home. They did not care if slavery was outlawed. Riots broke out in cities where people were against the draft. Hundreds of people died. Through everything, Abe remained strong. He refused to change his plan to save the Union. In March, he signed the Conscription Act. This law gave the War Department the power to draft men between the ages of 20 and 46 for military service.
Abraham Lincoln: Civil War President (Famous Figures of the Civil War Era) by John F. Grabowski