The Civil War Of The United States

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Civil War Slaves Freedom can be defined as, “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint”. (Definition) Everyone in the United States of America is entitled to this basic human right, presented to us by our founding fathers, though it was not always that simple. Even though it was in the Constitution, many people living before the mid 18th century in the United States were not extended this right, due to their nationality or lack of fortune. Someone lacking freedom is referred to as a slave. By definition, a slave is “someone who is legally owned by another person and is forced to work for that person without pay”. (Slave) Slavery is a topic largely covered by junior high and high school history teachers when discussing an event in American history known as the Civil War. The Civil War was a feud that broke out between the northern and southern territories of the United States, that eventually lead to the freedom of millions of slaves. Most everyone knows that the North won the war, that Abraham Lincoln was the President of the United States, and that the slaves were freed, but what most people don’t know is what the life of a slave was like during this crucial, yet controversial, time in American history, and how it would change their lives, and the United States, forever. Just like everything else, the story must start with the beginning. Before 1655, there were many indentured servants, but no legal slaves. According to the

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