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Edna Greene Medford: How influential was Abraham Lincoln's inaugural speech in keeping the border states in the Union?

Those states still contemplating secession remained suspicious of this new president who had been elected on a platform championing slavery’s non-expansion. But the Unionists among them heard enough to encourage them to continue their efforts to slow the rush toward secession. ...

By Edna Greene Medford  | March 7, 2011; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Harold Holzer: How influential was Abraham Lincoln's inaugural speech in keeping the border states in the Union?

So if Lincoln’s conciliatory address did indeed prevent the Upper South states of Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina from quitting the Union earlier, its effect was, at best, only temporary. ...

By Harold Holzer  | March 7, 2011; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Frank Williams: How influential was Abraham Lincoln's inaugural speech in keeping the border states in the Union?

President Lincoln’s First Inaugural only confirmed what he and the Republican Party had been saying all along – they would not interfere with slavery where it all ready existed – and this included the border states of Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland and Delaware. But many in those and other slave-holding states either did not believe or did not want to believe the President’s commitment. ...

By Frank Williams  | March 7, 2011; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dennis Frye: How influential was Abraham Lincoln's inaugural speech in keeping the border states in the Union?

The words repeated ad infinitum by today's textbooks from Lincoln's first inaugural address are "mystic chords of memory" and "better angels of our nature." These words did not resonate or reverberate or inspire anyone in the border states in 1861. The most important words Lincoln uttered or inferred were slavery, secession, separation, succession, and suppression. ...

By Dennis Frye  | March 7, 2011; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Frank Williams: By the end of February, 1861, federal forts, arsenals, post offices and court houses had been seized by Confederate troops; how much did this help the South in its war effort and how much did the loss hurt the North?

In the short term, such takings enhanced the newly formed Confederate States with morale, funds, equipment, property, officers and men who left the federal forces to join the C.S.A. but in the long term it strengthened northern determination and will to maintain the government. ...

By Frank Williams  | February 28, 2011; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dennis Frye: By the end of February, 1861, federal forts, arsenals. post offices and court houses in the Deep South had been seized by Confederate troops; how much did this help the South in its war effort and how much did the loss hurt the North?

No nation survives without the means of defense.The Confederate seizure of coastal fortifications and their formidable cannon offered port cities, critical to Southern commerce, instant protection from invaders at sea. ...

By Dennis Frye  | February 28, 2011; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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