Slavery After The Civil War Essay

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In America slavery was a big issue between the South and the North. Men and women where in need to help in the fields. A solution was brought up, a ship came in the early 17 century to the ¨New World¨ filled with African slaves. These slaves were mostly put in fields where tobacco was planted. Slaves were forced to work on something not many people would do. Slavery refers to a position or situation in which individuals are owned by others, the basically means that an individual controls where the other person lives and where they work. When America was first colonized, there was a lot of land, the work was hard, and the labor of people was very little. After the American Revolution, slavery in the North began to die because it didn’t produce …show more content…
When Abraham Lincoln won the 1860 presidential election, running opposing slavery, Southern states began seceding from the Union, which touched off the Civil War. Many people from the South today claim that the Confederacy and the division cause were not all about slavery and racism. In the Civil War, however, leaders were much more honest about their thoughts. They believed that blacks were inferior to whites. They also believed that slavery was a good thing. They were fighting to preserve slavery and they said so openly over and over again. In the "cornerstone speech," by the Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens said that the Declaration of Independence had been wrong to say that all men are created equal: "Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his …show more content…
The Emancipation Proclamation was just basically a symbolic gesture. It did not “freed” slaves completely, it was only valid to "freed" slaves that were in rebelling states such as Maryland, which had slaves, but did not succeed because still slave owners were allowed to keep their slaves. And it was not until the 13th Amendment was passed that Slaves were declared illegal/slaves were set free. Before the war the north was neutral about slavery, they even made the fugitive clause with the south which meant that any slaves that would go north escaping, would be sent back to its owner. With this in mind, the slavery issue was not a strong factor that lead to the civil war but it indeed had a little participation in it. As a matter of fact, slavery kicked into it later when Northerners mentioned that slavery was one of the “evils” of the South so it later then became a popular reason. I believe the whole slavery issue was already starting to become popular before the war so when the war started beginning, it was listed as one of the reasons that lead to it due to the different ways of using slavery from both the North and the south. Since the North was not fully taking advantage of it was assumed that it was against it and that it wanted abolition when in reality they were neutral about it. Slavery may not have been the strongest backbone to the

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