Policy On Slavery In 1860

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Policy on slavery in 1860 had been geared towards preventing slavery from expanding into new territories. The abolitionist movement had taken hold in the northern states. Many of the abolitionists gravitated towards the Republican Party and were supporters of anti-slavery. Republicans also believed that the free labor system was the best system for the economy. As new states became free states, the pro slavery cultures viewed these motives as undermining of their system. When Republican President Lincoln became elected in 1861 the south went into a panic and began succeeding from the Union.
The war took off in a effort to rejoin the states. In the beginning of the war, slavery wasn’t touched. Blacks that fell into Union hands were returned
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