The Slavery Of The Civil War Essay

1808 Words Jan 25th, 2016 8 Pages
In the mid 1800’s, sectional tensions grew rapidly within the United States. In the South, slave labor seemed necessary to the cotton industry, which was the basis of the economy at the time. When the Compromise of 1850 was passed, which caused for an expansion of slavery, it intensified the already distinct power struggle between the North and South. After Lincoln was elected into office in 1860, the South feared he would ban slavery, and seceded, thus causing the Civil War. The debate over who freed the slaves during the Civil War Era continues to divide the United States in two. The argument that the slaves freed themselves has often been challenged by its counterargument: Lincoln freed them. Many would say this is obvious because of him leading the Union Army, his famous Emancipation Proclamation, and the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment. The truth lies within the slaves themselves, as it was vital that they pressed the issue on the white people who were in power at the time. Both Lincoln and the slaves worked hard to end slavery, but Lincoln’s role as the “Great Emancipator” is small compared to the persistent effort of the slaves who suffered greatly in order to obtain freedom. Despite the fact that Lincoln is seen as the man who gave slaves opportunity, the slaves themselves were running away from their homes to Union camps before the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. Their ambition to flee from slavery was finally becoming a reality, but only with…

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