Slavery: The Main Cause Of The Civil War

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Would slavery still exist, even partly if the Civil War never occurred? To correctly assess this topic we must understand what slavery is. Slavery is a system under which people are treated as property, in real estate terms the word chattel means personal property; often slavery is called chattel slavery. Slaves can be bought, sold, and sometimes perhaps stolen or kidnapped. The timeline of their capture has a variety of ranges. Slaves are held against their will, forbidden to leave and forced to work with or without being compensated. In the United States slavery is outlawed however it is still part of cultures around the world. In many countries like Africa and China children are taken as child soldiers and factory workers, even though …show more content…
Slavery was one of the issues causing conflict but it was not the main cause of the Civil War. The issue of slavery was more like a propeller into the war zone for the South, in order to maintain their independence and keep all slaves and their rules. In 1860 Abraham Lincoln was elected President. Not a single slave state voted for Lincoln, yet he won by overwhelming votes from the North. The only pledge Lincoln every made during his campaigning was the promise to end all slavery. South Carolina declared they would secede from the Union if Lincoln was elected and they did so in 1861. Most all lower states quickly followed. Shortly after Lincoln’s inauguration, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and Texas became a new nation, known as the Confederate States of America. The main right the Confederate States were trying to protect was the right to preserve African American slavery within their state borders. The bottom line is that the North went to war to protect slavery from expanding and the South went to war for independence, in order to maintain their slaves. Slavery ended, in terms of the law, in December 1865 when the Thirteenth Amendment was …show more content…
Many young girls in America are targeted if they are having hard times. Often times they may be abandoned children, or their parents have become indebted to some dangerous people. These women are forced to have sex with others for money and they don’t even get to keep the money they “earn”, they must give it away to their pimps. Often these women are mistreated and most all of them are threated with death if they try to leave or get out of the sex trade. It is estimated that at least 105,000 children in the United States are being sexually exploited according to the Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The FBI considers sex trafficking the fastest-growing crime, and the ease of online transactions only makes it easier for predators and pimps. The Justice Department estimated as much as $32 billion dollars a year comes from the sex trafficking trade. Also according to the U.S. Department of Justice, Atlanta is one of the nation’s largest hubs for human trafficking. In Atlanta there are over 200 active brothels, with an average of two opening each month. Atlanta also has more strip clubs or “massage spas” than Las Vegas, often times these types of businesses are just fronts for sex trafficking and prostitution. (Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, NA)
Based on my reading and research my opinion stands the same, slavery still exists in our

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