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The Ending of Slavery: the 13th amendment, and Lincoln's Battle against freedomThroughout the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century, slavery along with itsexistence in it’s regard to morality along with “efficiency”, divided our country down the middleejecting us into a civil war that by the grit of our teeth ended without the succession of thesouthern states. While The Founding Fathers of our beloved country immortalized this montra of“life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” along with”equality within the documents that ournation was built upon, they strategically failed to mention slavery, most importantly how it waslegal in all 13 in 1776. Of course this comes as no surprise, when many of them includingThomas Jefferson, George Washington, and James Madison to name a few owned slavesthemselves; These same founding fathers also openly acknowledged that slavery was morallyincorrect.While Thomas jefferson banned the importation of slaves from africa in 1807, Thesystematic web of slavery had been woven into the tapestry that was america, it would only be amatter of time before war broke out, and it did. In 1861 when the civil war imploded in americaover 4 million people of african descent were being held as slaves in 15 southern, and borderstates. Throughout the course of the war Politicians in office struggled on how to deal with thatspecific moral evil, this burden of truth fell heaviest on Abraham Lincoln. By 1862 despite hisconflicting emotions Lincoln was sure that emancipating the south's slaves would give the Unionthe upper hand they needed to defeat the confederate rebellion. The emancipation proclamation

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13th Amendment, Abraham Lincoln, Slavery in the United States, American Civil War, Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution

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