Why End Slavery

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Between 1525 and 1866, 12.5 million African Americans were shipped to the New World to become slaves. 10.7 million Survived the journey from Africa and most were brought to the North American colony, Jamestown, Virginia. These African Americans were used under the power of white people as a costly and efficient way to seize more land. Although slavery was abolished and ended in 1863, African Americans still struggled for equal rights. It wasn’t until the 60’s when it began to become “equal” for all races.

Slavery has be known and practiced in/around Africa since the 15th century B.C.. Egypt was the first to enslave non-African Americans; most of these slaves were Jews from Palestine. After the 5th century B.C., Greeks, and later Romans,
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Northern States started getting more involved with ending slavery. They used “Free Labor” as an argument claiming it was inefficient and made little economic sense. Others tried using Religion as a way to end slavery as well. White supporters, such as Lloyd Garrison who was an active member of the American Colonization Society and a famous antislavery journalist, also made huge impacts on ending slavery. Free Blacks, such as Fredrick Douglas, John Fairfield, Levi Coffin and Harriet Tubman helped thousands, 40,000 to 100,000, slaves escape to freedom by creating and using the Underground Railroad. The more successful the Underground Railroad became, the more the Northern Sates supported Abolitionism. Unfortunately, as freedom for slaves increased, so did the tension between the Northern and Southern …show more content…
Within three months of winning the election, seven southern states seceded to form Confederate States of America. Four more states joined after the Civil war began. Although the Civil War was aimed to preserve the U.S. as a nation, it turned to focus on abolishing slavery. Many African Americans fled and became a part of the Union troops. Five days after the Union victory at Antietam in September 1862, Lincoln issued the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. On January 1, 1863, Lincoln declared “all slaves would be forever

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