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A Moving Dramatization Of The Profound Struggle Among Abraham Lincoln And His Cabinet To Avert War And Keep The South From Seceding From The Union During The Crucial Days Between Lincolnís November 6, 1860 Election As President And The South's April 12-13, 1961 Bombardment Of The Unionís Fort Sumter, Starring Chris Sarandon As Lincoln And Tom Aldredge As William H. Seward, And Costarring Will Patton, Remak Ramsay, Dylan Baker, Alan North, Joan Macintosh, Tony Carlin, Jack Gilpin, Pirie Macdonald And Veronica Cartwright, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1991, 1 Hour 15 Minutes.) #AbrahamLincoln #AmericanCivilWar #ChrisSarandon #TomAldredge #WilliamHSeward #WillPatton #VeronicaCartwright #SecessionOfTheSouthernStatesOfAmerica #USPresidentialElection1860 #SecessionInTheUS #SouthernUS #Dixie #CSA #Confederacy #ConfederateStatesOfAmerica #MasonDixonLine #Secession #AmericanCivilWar #WarBetweenTheStates #LouisianaInTheAmericanCivilWar #AmericanHistory #USHistory #HistoryOfTheUS #Docudramas #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
On March 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln was sworn in as President of the United States. In his inaugural address, he argued that the Constitution was a "more perfect union" than the earlier Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, that it was a binding contract, and called any secession "legally void". He stated he had no intent to invade the Southern states, nor did he intend to end slavery where it existed, but that he would use force to maintain possession of federal property belonging to the United States. His speech closed with a plea for restoration of the bonds of union. In reaction to the election of Abraham Lincoln as President, eleven states seceded from the Union in a prelude to the U.S. Civil War, and the seceding states joined together to form the Confederate States of America. By 1856, the South had lost control of Congress, and was no longer able to silence calls for an end to slavery, which came mostly from the more populated, free states of the North. The Republican Party, founded in 1854, pledged to stop the spread of slavery beyond those states where it already existed. After Abraham Lincoln was elected the first Republican president in 1860, seven cotton states - South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas respectively - declared their secession and formed the Confederate States of America before Lincoln was inaugurated. The United States government, both outgoing and incoming, refused to recognize the Confederacy, and when the new Confederate President Jefferson Davis ordered his troops to open fire on Fort Sumter in April 1861, there was an overwhelming demand, North and South, for war. Only the state of Kentucky attempted to remain neutral, and it could only do so briefly, and chose to remain in the Union. When Lincoln called for troops to suppress what he referred to as "combinations too powerful to be suppressed by the ordinary" judicial or martial means, four more states - Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee and North Carolina - decided to secede and join the Confederacy, which then moved its capital to Richmond, Virginia. Residents of the western counties of Virginia did not wish to secede along with the rest of the state. This section of Virginia was admitted into the Union as the state of West Virginia on June 20, 1863. Four slave states decided to stay in the Union: Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, and Missouri. Although divided in their loyalties, a combination of political maneuvering and Union military pressure kept these states from seceding.