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Describes and translates the period of the Civil battle, its occasions, and subject matters with viewpoints, definitions, file subject matters, chronologies, sidebars, and facts.

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One Thomas Jefferson. ) abilities as whites. Despite these convictions, however, he continued to use slaves on his plantation and in factories that he owned. In addition, he sold slaves on at least two occasions, and recent deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) testing (a sort of genetic “fingerprint” that everyone carries in their blood) indicates that he likely had a long-term sexual relationship with one of his slaves, Sally Hemings (1773–1835), which produced several children. ” Slaveholders also sometimes sold slaves to buyers who lived hundreds Historians have long debated the reasons for Jefferson’s inability to abandon a practice that he knew was morally wrong.

From 1790 to 1810, the number of African slaves on American soil increased by 70 percent. The number of enslaved Americans continued to rise throughout the 1820s and 1830s, even after importation of foreign slaves ended in 1808. By 1860, the census counted nearly four million slaves in America, and it was clear that the institution of slavery had be- come completely interwoven in the fabric of Southern society. The resurgence of slavery in the American South depressed many people, from common citizens to political leaders.

S. soil failed to gather enough popular support because everyone knew how much the South depended on slaves to make its economy and society work. But in the 1830s and 1840s, organized opposition to slavery in the United States became more powerful and confrontational (meeting an issue head-on) than it had ever been before. Describing slavery as an evil and un-Christian system and a stain on the values enshrined in America’s Declaration of Independence, the abolitionists finally convinced large numbers of Northerners that slavery should not continue.

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