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It is my intent to assess the plight of African Americans at a time when they were slaves They were forcibly taken by rich white merchants to a new and strange land called America Right from the very start slavery was a controversial issue and it was argued with the constant reminder of mans inhumanity to man This was evidence in movements such as the abolitionists and in the literature Books such as Uncle Toms Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe did much to fuel the controversy of slavery in the United States Slavery was a practice that was favored by the South In the North Americans were involved in industrial things and had little use for slaves They could afford to be more moralistic about the issue of slavery However when it came to the plight of land owners and Americans who lived in the South they were highly preoccupied with their nice lifestyle It is true that even George Washington and Thomas Jefferson had slaves as did many of the forefathers of the new country Its also a fact that many of these individuals had children with their Black slaves What this means is that slavery was an issue of moral dilemma for those Americans who lived in the North and of economics to the South What was Abraham Lincolns role in this His experience as a lawyer compelled him to see that there are always two side to every question both of which must be fully understood in order to understand either and that is of greater advantage to an advocate to appreciate the strength than the weakness of his antagonists position No doubt slavery was the most delicate with which Mr Lincoln was called upon to deal After the conclusion of the Civil War and the emancipation of the Negroes Blacks were essentially on their own In fact many chose to stay on the plantation while others braved racism prejudice and all
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