Lincoln’s Election, Southern Secession: 1860 to April 1861

Lincoln’s Journey, Davis’ Speech

How did Lincoln conclude his address to the nation?

Lincoln was very careful to leave the onus, or potential blame, with the South. “In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow citizens, and not in mine, is the momentous question of civil war,” he declared. But as he drove to the conclusion, Lincoln held out an olive branch.


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