Using the text and primary source readings, write an essay discussing Lincoln’s attempt to preserve the Union, the rationale for secession, and Lincoln’s evolution toward abolition while answering the following questions:

How does Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address demonstrate that he is a moderate Republican?
Did the Southern states believe that Lincoln was sincere regarding his pronouncements on slavery in this first address?
What rationale does Jefferson Davis use to justify Mississippi’s secession?
How did the events of the Civil War change Lincoln’s views as demonstrated by the Emancipation Proclamation, and his Second Inaugural Address?

Union and Succession