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The Civil War and the End of a Century

James C. Klotter and Freda C. Klotter

in A Concise History of Kentucky

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780813124988
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135298 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124988.003.0007
The Civil War and the End of a Century

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By March 1861 when Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office as the United States's president, the country could not have been considered as a united nation. Several of those from the south feared how President Lincoln was going to address slavery. Thus, several southern states grouped together to form the Confederate States of America, more popularly known as the Confederacy. War seemed likely, and although Kentucky was a slave state, it became difficult for Kentucky to decide which side it would take as it had ties to both the North and the South. It was important for both sides to attempt to gain the support of Kentucky during the Civil War for their respective reasons, and these include the state's geography and rich agriculture.

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln; Confederacy; geography; rich agriculture; Civil War

Chapter.  5887 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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