Slavery and the Civil War - The Implications
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This paper discusses how the institution of slavery eventually led to the US becoming a progressive society that promotes freedom for all. First, however, the paper addresses the slaves' suffering and the colonists' justification for having slaves. Then, the paper examines the human rights abuses that were inherent in slavery and contrary to the Declaration of Independence. Next, the paper traces the rise of the abolitionist movement and how slavery became the issue that polarized the North and the South leading up to the Civil War. The paper concludes by stating that because of slavery, the Civil War was fought, and by winning this war, the North set the precedent for freedom in all circumstances in the United States. Resting on its wings came the civil rights movement and other fights for equality.
From the Paper:"Although slavery was nothing new when it came to the United States with the founding of the English colonies in the United States, it quickly transformed into something abominable ("Slavery in the United States," 2009). Black slaves in the United States could perform many tasks that other hard laborers could not, or refused not to. Because of this, and other factors, black slaves became the primary source of labor in many colonies, leading to an economy that was literally resting on their shoulders. Although the colonists attempted to use Native Americans in addition to the black slaves for labor, the Native Americans could quickly escape, as the United States was their homeland, and they knew how to get around. Other slaves took the form of indentured servants, but this quickly became an unviable option, as many in England were reluctant to enter into the terms of the indentured servant. Adding fuel to the fire of this situation was the fact that black slaves had already begun to accumulate in England, making the practice of having such slaves rather easy and morally justifiable in the eyes of the colonists..."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Robinson, B.A. (2007). Slavery in the Bible. Retrieved July 8, 2009, from http://www.religioustolerance.org/sla_bibl.htm
- "Slavery in the United States," Microsoft(r) Encarta(r) Online Encyclopedia 2009http://encarta.msn.com (c) 1997-2009 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
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