Dissertation Writers: What arguments did Union leaders like President Lincoln make regarding secession and slavery in 1861 and how did those arguments change over the course of the war?

Dissertation Writers: What arguments did Union leaders like President Lincoln make regarding secession and slavery in 1861 and how did those arguments change over the course of the war?

  • The South: What arguments did Southern states make in favor of secession? What were the Confederacy’s military and societal strengths and weaknesses? What were the most important factors, in the end, in explaining why the Confederacy lost?
  • The North: What arguments did Union leaders like President Lincoln make regarding secession and slavery in 1861 and how did those arguments change over the course of the war? What were the Union’s military and societal strengths and weaknesses? What were the most important factors, in the end, in explaining why the Union won?