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The powers that Lincoln assumed during the war were not

returned after it was over. It did not take 50 years for the power to rise again. Lincoln's successor Andrew Johnson instituted the Jim Crow laws and essentially assumed dictatorial powers over the south to keep it from rising again. The government became increasingly involved in the economy over the years after Lincoln as well. This lead to a massive state of corruption which came to a head under Ulysses S. Grant known as Grantism.

Lincoln's legacy was really the precedent he set for states as subordinates to the federal government rather than equal parties in a federal compact. Secession was a last resort for the states to resist federal encroachments on their constitutional limitations and Lincoln made clear that secession was not going to be permitted; essentially leaving no options for states to resist future trespasses.