The Role Of Slavery In The Civil War

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What is slavery? Slavery is when a person has complete control or power over another. Slavery was accepted as a natural part of life during the civil war. As time passed slavery has become a moral issue. There’s a huge debate upon who freed the slaves. Whether it was Lincoln or weather the slaves freed themselves. . did Lincoln free the slaves or did the slaves free themselves? Lincoln freed the slaves. "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" –Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln had no intention on freeing slaves when he became president of the United States. Lincoln has always believed slavery was wrong. He once said, “If slavery is not wrong, then nothing is wrong.” When the war started he thought of it only as a way of saving the union, but this has changed later. After a large number of fugitives started escaping to gain their freedom. Lincoln issued the emancipation proclamation on January 1, 1863. Which stated that slaves behind confederate were free. The emancipation on wasn’t applied to the slave stated that haven’t seceded nor the southern territories occupied by union troops. The Emancipation Proclamation transformed the Civil War from a war to save the union to a war to end slavery,…show more content…
Lincoln believed the only solution would be a constitutional amendment abolishing slavery. The amendment was passed by the Congress in early 1865, and then approved by January 1865. The amendment was known as ‘The Thirteenth Amendment”. In which the US constitution now stated “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party has been duly convicted shall exist within the United States”. Abolishing slavery was accomplished by the thirteenth

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