An End To Slavery

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The society that became known as the United States had its beginnings when the first English settlers set foot on North American soil. Whether that settler landed in Massachusetts or Virginia, their beginnings on this continent were all influenced by the society that they had left behind. These included many aspects of England's society, culture, economy, and politics. Those societal, cultural, economic and political beginnings can be traced throughout our history in the mindset that both the North and South represented. This migration to a new world set the stage for the culture of slavery that which was not the only cause by any means certainly went a long way toward bringing about the American Civil War.

The Massachusetts settlers
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To the chagrin of future generations this also included slaves. The route that became known as the “Triangular Trade” became infamous as the death sentence to thousands of captured Africans to supply the desire for slaves in the Americas. This trade went on for over 150 years, but by the early 19th century it was becoming much less respectable, and was banned by the United States. Not that this ban completely stopped it of course, profit being a big motive for keeping it going as long as possible.

By the second half of the 18th century slavery was becoming less fashionable. Published stories about a slave in London who had freed himself from his master by simply walking away, and the abuse he had endured, sparked uproar in the Northern colonies, and combined with taxation issues in 1772 brought about another reasons for Americans to be unhappy with the British meddling in their affairs.

Even as the new nation called the United States was being born the debate over slavery was raised in Philadelphia. The Northern colonies were intent that the issue of slavery was to be settled at that point in time, while the South was just as much against any such effort, due to a desire to keep any outsider from meddling in their affairs. It is certain that none of these concerns had gone away by the time of Thomas Jefferson’s “Declaration of Independence” where the issue, although intensely argued about, was given over to the more immediate concern of
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