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Civil War paper - One of the parties that contributed to...

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One of the parties that contributed to the Civil War was free black men. During the American Revolution, some blacks were freed through military services, others escaped, and many were emancipated by laws passed in Northern States (The Library of, 103). During the late 1700’s, there were 59,000 free backs living in the United States. By the Civil War, the free black population had grown to 488,000 persons, or about one- ninth of the total black population. Many slaves had familial connections to slave owners and in some cases were freed when slavery became unprofitable to the owner (The library of, 103). Although the majority of the Northerners were for the abolishment of slavery, they still wanted nothing to do with them. Free blacks in the North faced many restrictions such as that they were barred from most public places including restaurants, hotels or theatres, or they had their own separate sections in the establishments. There were also a large number of free blacks in the upper south that were slave owners themselves. Nearly 3,000 free blacks owned slaves because they were relatives and loved ones, but because of strict manumission laws, it was difficult to free them (The Library of, 104). From the outset of the war, free blacks offered their services to the Union army,
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENG eng 1101 taught by Professor White during the Spring '08 term at FSU.

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