The Pros And Cons Of Slavery In The Civil War

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Tensions rose across the country from those in support support of slavery and those opposed. Many states wanted to outlaw slavery while others adamantly defended it because it was the main institution with a high and consistent revenue. Ultimately, the disagreements over slavery are what lead to the Civil War. The country divided into an “Us versus Them” situation which lead to both sides having growing support for their views and making the groups less susceptible to an agreement. In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which freed slaves from confederate states. “...On the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” The bold action of Lincoln lead to other attempts at equalizing black people with white people but one does have to question the motives of many white Anti-slavery advocates. White people had been the majority in American society during this time and never had to worry about discrimination or slavery so why were they fighting so hard for and with slaves? The white people of America never act unless they have something in it for themselves. By abolishing slavery, white anti-slavery movement supporters gained the benefits of not having to deal the major disconnect between the country, ______,
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