Abraham Lincoln was born into relative poverty in Kentucky in 1809. His father worked a small farm. In his youth, Lincoln held down a variety of jobs before moving to Illinois and becoming a lawyer.
Lincoln sarted to get involved in local politics. Lincoln’s political views came to the fore after the Kansas Nebraska Act where he spoke out against the spread of slavery.
1860 was the presidential election year. In the spring the two main parties, the Democrats and the Republicans chose their candidates.
The election campaign of 1860 was unusual. Lincoln only campaigned in the North and Breckinridge in the South. Stephen Douglas exhausted himself by campaigning in all the states.
The result was that Lincoln became President. He won all 17 states in the North but none in the South. The country was now more divided than ever.