Emancipation Proclamation Research Paper

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Register to read the introduction… The north supported the freeing of slaves and preserving the union while the South was fighting for states rights and needed the slaves to survive economically. Of course Lincoln, forever torn and doing his best to play devils advocate, finally, on September 22, 1862, signed the Emancipation Proclamation to be put into effect on January 1, 1863. (History.com, 1996-2008). This proclamation freed only certain states at a time, slowing the shock to the nations system but not shielding it all together. The thing is, at that time, not all southerners owned slaves and not all slaves were treated as horribly as we hear. In contrast, in the north, you either owned a factory or worked as a laborer (or an “indentured servant” ) being horribly mistreated and paid next to nothing for it, most of the time in unsafe conditions. In fact, immigrants, women, and children are the ones who mainly worked in the factories because then the rich factory owner would not have to pay the normal wage of a skilled worker. Upper class persons may have felt a slight sting but lower class peoples were in a depression situation due to the war and would do anything they had to make ends meet. This is one of the changes that the Civil war produced. In Lincolns Emancipation Proclamation, there is a line that states “And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self …show more content…
In essays on the economics of Slavery by author Yanochik (1997) the argument is made that owners must turn enough profit to maintain plantations and provide for the welfare of workers covering the cost of incapacitated slaves for health and training reasons. The social aspect of being a slave changed in the mid 1700 hundreds as slave importation decreased and the balance of male and female slaves leveled out and more babies were born on American soil (Davidson, Gienapp, Heyman, Lytle, & Stoff, 2002). In operating larger plantation some owners used a gang approach with a white overseer and black drivers while smaller plantations used a task system for managing work of slaves. Life on plantations was not easy and one half of all children born in the 1700s died as did some women while giving birth (Yanochik, 1997). Slaves faced uncertain futures often with choices decided by owner’s finances and health. If a plantation suffered financial troubles owners sold off slaves to pay debts and when owners died groups of slaves split going to different owner relatives breaking up black families Davidson et all (2002). While wealthy plantation owners lived in large homes slaves in the south lived in log huts with dirt floors and regularly ate two meals a day, sometimes three during

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