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Slavery and Race Relations

Compare the attitudes and practices regarding slavery, race relations, and responses to abolition in the north and the south.

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1. COMPARE THE ATTITUDES AND PRACTICES REGARDING SLAVERY, RACE RELATIONS, AND RESPONSES TO ABOLITION IN THE NORTH AND THE SOUTH.

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I. Introduction (about 3 sentences introducing the topic and a purpose statement: The purpose of this paper it to...)

II. Slavery, Race Relations and Response to Abolition
a. North
b. South

III. Conclusions (sum up main points in 2 or 3 sentences)

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Before, during, and after the Civil War, the North supported abolition, but according to Johnson (1997), most of the Northerners did not consider the Black people to be their equal. In other words, their attitude was that it was wrong to enslave other human beings, but Blacks were still inferior to White people. Some Northerners did truly believe in the principle that all men are created equal, however. In fact, Abraham Lincoln was one the Northerners who argued against slavery and supported abolition and once wrote, "If A can prove, however conclusively, that he may, of right, enslave B, why may not B snatch the same argument, even prove equally, that he may enslave A? You say A is white and B is black - is it color then, the lighter having the right to enslave the darker? Take care - by this rule, you are to be slave to the first man you meet, with fairer skin than you own. You do not mean color exactly? You mean the whites are intellectually ...

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This solution compares the attitudes and practices regarding slavery, race relations, and responses to abolition in the north and the south. This solution is approximatey 1000 words.

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