Slavery : The End Of The Civil War Essay

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Slavery, as Abraham Lincoln often noted, was the root cause of the Civil War. Tensions over slavery dated back to the contradictory nature of the American Revolution of 1776 that resulted in a republic simultaneously committed to freedom for whites and bondage for blacks (Barney W., p. 61). Within years North and South reached the point at which compromise was not possible. At that time Civil War had been started.
In the 1800s expediency of slavery was disputed. While industrial North almost abandoned slavery, by the early 19th century, slavery was almost exclusively confined to the South, home to more than 90 percent of American blacks (Barney W., p. 61). The South needed free labor force in order to stimulate economic growth. In particular, whites exploited blacks in textile production. This conditioned the differences in economic and social development of the North and South, and opposing viewpoints on the social structure. “Northerners now saw slavery as a barbaric relic from the past, a barrier to secular and Christian progress that contradicted the ideals of the Declaration of Independence and degraded the free-labor aspirations of Northern society” (Barney W., p. 63).
In the 1830s some faithful activists like W. Garrison, Tappan brothers, T. Weld and others made several publications concerning the antislavery movement and claiming that slavery is a major sin. They gave birth to the movement of abolitionism and win over many white Americans to their camp. The main…

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