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The Divisoin of the North and South

  • Date Submitted: 03/28/2010 02:03 PM
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To start off, The Emancipation Proclamation that was issued by Abraham Lincoln was to end the slave labor, but that was only expect-able for slaves in the rebellious states. He Proclamation declared, "That all persons held as slaves within the rebellious states are, and henceforward shall be free. (President Abraham Lincoln, 1863)” The Proclamation did not name the slave-holding border states of Kentucky, Missouri, Maryland, and Delaware, which never declared a secession, and so it did not free any slaves those regions. " It could not apply to the loyal slaves state (Williams, 118)." Slavery should have ended immediately, but the Emancipation Proclamation was limited in many ways. It also forgot to mention states of the Confederacy that were now under northern control. However, it did allow African American men to join the Union Army and Navy. It allowed slaves to fight for there country and earn freedom. By the end of the war 170,00 African American soldiers had gained their freedom by fighting the war. Although the Proclamation didn’t free all slaves right away it was a giant step for slaves having their freedom.
        Secondly, The south was a growing economy once cotton was discovered. Since cotton was such huge crop, enslaving African Americans would have made this production go a lot faster and would help the growing economy. Slaves were demanded to pick tobacco, cut rice, and chop sugar cane. "Cotton is King (Kent, 12)." All cotton did was created a larger need for workers in the south. The residents in the south couldn’t fill all the positions to make a profit on cotton. At this time cotton is now the biggest and main crop of the south. European nations were also in a high demand of cotton so the south solved their problem with enslaving over 10 million illegal slaves.   Since the conditions for the south were perfect to grow and crop cotton not many plantations were in the north so the needs of slaves were not there. Since these people were working for...

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