1860: Abraham Lincoln elected President

States' Rights Cockade
States' Rights Cockade

A member of the Republican Party, which opposed expansion of slavery into the territories, Lincoln was so despised in the state that he was not even on the ballot in Mississippi. When Lincoln was elected, Mississippi governor John J. Pettus called the state legislature to meet in a special session to discuss how to proceed.

Image:  Blue cockade worn by states’ rights supporters.  This sentiment became even more prevalent after Lincoln’s election.

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