Slavery in the Civil War

an HMS American Cultures collaborative production

Slavery first arrived in America in Virgina in 1619. The underground railroad was meant to help the slaves get to freedom. There were 50,000 to 100,000 people to escaped through the underground railroad. The Civil War wasn't caused by slavery, but was caused by the south getting angry at the north being free. After Abraham Lincoln was elected as President in 1860, None of the Southern states had voted for him. Abraham's goal was to become President to free all the slaves. When Abraham told them how he really felt about slavery none of the south believed that he was really into helping them. So in that note the North went to war to continue the American Union, and against them was the white South, the south went to war to declare their independence. The 54th Massitusuties came during the war after the battle of Gettysburg so these run away slaves joined the union to fight for there country.


Online Sources-
Prabhakar, Pillai. "Slavery During the Civil War."
22 May 2009 <

Picture Sources-

"Slavery pictures."