If southern state don't secede following Lincoln's election in 1860, how does his administration go without a war?
The key to answering this question is how you put off the rebellion. Does Lincoln make some sort of deal? Does the South Rebel earlier? Is more land taken and made into slave states during the Mexican American War? You gotta give us a little more so we can answer with any level of detail.If southern state don't secede following Lincoln's election in 1860, how does his administration go without a war?
He would definitely try. But he’s hamstrung from the start if the Senate remains in Democratic hands. He probably wouldn’t be remembered as poorly as OTL Buchanan because he would try to both stop the growth of slavery and prevent a rebellion that is obviously on the horizon. But honestly I feel like a peaceful first term would just be the calm before a Civil War at the start of his second term.Similar to Buchanan? IDK. Buchanan basically did nothing against slavery. Lincoln, even without war, would have at least tried to reduce the spread of slavery.
He didn't claim to be an Abolitionist he claimed to be a Free Soiler and even that was too much for the South. He wouldn't have been elected if he claimed being an Abolitionist before the election.I can't see South just staying calm when Lincoln is elected. You would need ASB or at least much earlier POD. Perhaps Lincoln never claim being abolotionists and not join to Republicans. But then his political career would be very different and not sure if he is elected.
It's not a matter of "chose"; it was physically dangerous to support the "Black Republicans" even in much of the Upper South. "Popular North Carolina chemistry professor Benjamin Hedrick, who declared his support for 1856 Republican presidential candidate John C. Fremont ... not only lost his job--he was driven from the state by an angry mob." https://books.google.com/books?id=-U8aCMZVEBAC&pg=PA44Small thing, but the Republicans chose not to campaign in the South.