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Carlene Harriott U.S. History I Professor Matthew Dunne 10 December 2017 Emancipation ProclamationPrior to Emancipation Proclamation, America was divided between the Northern andSouthern states. Southern states that depended solely on plantation system and NorthernStates that were industrial based. In addition, problems were brewing with regards to state vs.federal powers, as well as the whole issue of slave and free states. These problems led toyears of conflict. It was within this time frame, 1860, that President Abraham Lincoln waselected and several southern states disaffiliate from the union, forming the confederate states.Slaves were used by confederate states to support their armies, consequentially, they playedan important part within the wars. With Abraham Lincoln interest at heart being to save theunion, he resorted to finding a way to cripple the use of slaves by confederate states withinwars. As a result the Emancipation Proclamation was borned. This proclamation was issuedon January 1, 1863 by Abraham Lincoln. The declaration read, “all persons held as slaveswithin any states or designated part of a state, the people whereof shall then be in rebellionagainst the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free. Simple put slaveswithin the Confederate States were declared free. The Emancipation Proclamation wassignificant to American history as it was the gateway to total abolition of slavery within theUnited States. War of 1812The war of 1812 was an armed conflict between United States and Great Britain. Prior to thewar of 1812, America was at the forefront of trade with French and Spanish territories withinthe Caribbean, mainly because of the ongoing hostility between France and Britain. Britainsaw it necessary to impede American trade with France, because they were at war, and simpleviewed this as threat to their maritime supremacy. In addition, the British government alsopracticedimpressment.In