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Ending Slavery in the US- Prior to and during the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 slavery was a major issue in the United States From 1830-1850 also known as the Era of Reform cotton became the center of Americas economy The more cotton that was grown the more slave labor was needed to pick it This drew a lot of attention to slaves and their human rights Many anti-slavery societies were formed and slavery soon became a major issue By 1860 slavery became the center of attention in the US You either lived in a slave state or a free state owned slaves or were protesting against it The election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 was the climax of the issue of slavery Since he had proposed to forbid the extension of slavery in new territories seven of the slave states seceded from the Union and established there own Confederacy They were prepared to fight for their rights to own slaves This caused a Civil War So this leaves one question- should the ending of slavery been a goal of the Lincoln administration The Grolier Encyclopedia defines slavery as a societal institution based on the ownership dominance and exploitation of one human by being another humans property There is proof that slaves existed as far back as 4th millennium bc The first slaves to exist in the US where in 1680 in Jamestown VA In 1860 there where 14 slave states in the US and 15 free states Slaves in the 1860s were used for doing laborious work on plantations often pickinggrowing crops they were also used as domestic servants They often received a shelter of some sort to live in clothes food and plenty of resting time They were more
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