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Assess Whether or Not Slavery Was Abolished During the American Civil War?

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Year 11 Modern History Historical Investigation Assessment Task

Assess whether or not slavery was abolished during the American civil war?

* Political/Social Context
Pg. 2-3
* Key Events or Development
Pg. 4
* Supporters and opponents of the person, group, issue or event (Supporters and Opponents of Abolition of Slavery and the American Civil War) Pg. 5
* Influence of this person, group, issues or event in their time (Influence of the abolition of slavery and the American Civil War)
Pg. 6
* An evaluation of the historical significance or legacy of the person, group, issue or event Pg. 7
* Bibliography
Pg. 8

Political and Social Context
Abraham Lincoln
In 1860 Abraham Lincoln won the presidential elections for the Republican Party. It was a time of crisis in America. Slavery was a big problem. The Southern states needed slaves to work on their big farms and the people in the North were against slavery. In 1861 the American Civil War started. The Southern states broke away from the North and formed their own army. It became the bloodiest war in American history. On January 1st 1863, Lincoln declared that all slaves in America were free. But nothing really changed for them. They kept on working for white landowners in the Southern states for the next decades. As the war went on, the Northerners won many battles—the most famous one was at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. On April 9th 1865 the South gave up and the war was over. Abraham Lincoln early life began with the tragedy of seeing his grandfather killed by a local Indian tribe then his father a highly regarded member of society and land owner lose everything due to a court dispute. His moral and religious upbringing opposed alcohol, dancing and slavery. The latter would influence his political view and future. Escaped slaves, ca. 1862

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Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University Mathew B. Brady

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