The Reasons Of Slavery In The American Civil War

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The Civil war was America’s bloodiest conflict. It was fought from April 12, 1861 to spring 1865. The main reason of the war was the south wanted to secede from the union due to states’ rights. The southern states argued that the union was a compact that could be abolished if they are not satisfied with what they received from other states and the government. Later in the war, especially after Abraham Lincoln became the President of the Unites States, the issue became more on slavery than anything else. The south wanted to continue slavery; because, it was great for the economy. However, the north was against slavery completely and wanted it to be abolished. Though there have always been arguments for and against slavery, it has never been morally justified. Slavery went against the Constitution of the United States of America and the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence clearly states that “All men are created equal”. Slavery went against that phrase because at the time, the Caucasians acted as if they were superior to the Negroes just because of their skin color. They also felt that they were intellectually superior to the Negroes. Article 1, section 2, clause 3 of the Constitution of the United States says that a slave is only three-fifths of a person. That meant that they were not counted as a whole person, only part of a person. In addition, we look to the Bible for more reasons on why slavery was morally wrong. In Galatians 3:28 it says,

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