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James C. Klotter and Freda C. Klotter

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124988

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124988.001.0001

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The Civil War and the End of a Century

The Civil War and the End of a Century

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(p.109) Chapter Seven The Civil War and the End of a Century
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A Concise History of Kentucky
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James C. Klotter

Freda C. Klotter

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813124988.003.0007

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

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