African-Americans were nothing but property to the southern white man. Even though African-Americans fought in the war too, they did not receive the same pay as a white soldier until 1864, a year before the war was over. They compared slaves to children implying they were unable to take care of themselves. Slaves were not allowed to learn to read or write, for it was illegal. Since the south has been so dependent on slavery for all this time, some were actually scared to free them and compromise with the north. The African-American population had grown so much that the southerners were fearful of what would come if they did free the slaves.
It was the spring of 1865 when the confederate armies surrendered and the union captured the confederate states’ president, Jefferson Davis. After that the resistance collapsed and the war ended. The cost of 625,000 lives were lost to bring our nation back to one and then eventually abolish slavery. It was bound to happen, because of the controversial topic of slavery and the constant disagreements. The southerners were too narcissistic and felt they were superior, but it caught up to them and answered the question on what kind of nation we would be; a nation where all men are created