In this paper I will be writing about slaves and if the United States could have become half-slave and half-free if they didn’t fight in the Civil War. Slavery has been around for a long time. The south and north have always had disagreements when it came to owning slaves. In the south slaves were very popular. Slaves were the ones bringing in the money for their owners but they barely received any money that they worked hard for. When Lincoln first asked this question, America was slowly coming to grips with the knowledge that as a nation it could not continue to exist, half-slave and half free. This was not only because slavery was immoral or unconstitutional but on a purely practical level, slave states and free states had significantly different and incompatible interests. “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free.” (
Abraham Lincoln, 1858). Abraham Lincoln made this statement to say that there couldn’t be a half slave and half free. Due to the disagreements and after the war Abraham Lincoln decided to let all slaves free.
Keywords: Civil war, Slavery, Freedom
By the end of the American Revolution, slavery had proven unprofitable in the North and was dying out. The north had to figure out other ways to make money and I believe that most thought that slaves were useless. Even in the South the institution was becoming less useful to farmers as tobacco prices start to get low and began to…