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Between the time that Abraham Lincoln was elected President, in November 1860, and the time that he took office, in March 1861, seven states voted to leave the Union. In his inaugural address, Lincoln commented, "No State upon its own mere motion can lawfully get out of the Union . . . acts of violence within any State or States against the authority of the United States are insurrectionary or revolutionary . . . I shall take care, as the Constitution itself expressly enjoins upon me, that the laws of the Union be faithfully executed in all the States. Doing this I deem to be only a simple duty on my part, and I shall perform it so far as practicable unless my rightful masters, the American people, shall withhold the requisite means or in some authoritative manner direct the contrary. I trust this will not be regarded as a menace, but only as the declared purpose of the Union that it will constitutionally defend and maintain itself."

Lincoln said that he

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    believed that states had a right under the Constitution to leave the Union.
  2. B
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    would enforce the laws of the United States in all states, including those that voted to leave the Union, unless the American people told him not to.
  3. C
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    viewed efforts to bring southern states back into the Union as a menace.
  4. D
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    wasn't clear on the legality of states seceding, and would wait until the American people provided direction.
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