The majority of slavery was illegal in The North as it had been outlawed in the 19th century, yet its expansion was rife in southern states.
Farming wasn’t as important in The North whereas the cheap workforce of slavery provided the backbone for the economy in the southern region. the strong desire to use cheap slave labour in The South created strong conflicts between both parties which ultimately escalated.
This certainly would have had less adverse impact than the Civil War—which ruined the South’s economy and plummeted the southern people into poverty for decades.
A possible answer is “fear.” The Fire Eaters of the South (politicians like Rhett, Yancey, Calhoun, and Wigfall) were influential politicians and, in Rhett’s case, influential newspaper owners.
Wigfall of Texas unashamedly used fear to motivate southern constituents to vote against the Republican candidate, Abraham Lincoln.
Lincoln’s name was not even listed on ballots in nine southern states.
What happens when a people are more motivated by fear than by logic in an election year?
In the presidential election of 1860, political leaders such as Robert Barnwell Rhett of South Carolina, William Lowndes Yancey of Alabama, and Lewis T.
Did they use fear to motivate their own constituents against slavery? If not, why did the northern people fight the South’s secession so vehemently?
Who were the northern politicians and what positions did they take regarding slavery and war? Was Lincoln’s election really a threat to the institution of slavery?