"I intend no modification of my oft expressed wish that all men everywhere could be free" Abraham Lincoln
As Lincoln casts his eye on The United States -- the land of the free. The question might be, what would this well loved President think about human trafficking of the modern world. The pictures below are courtesy of: www.mrlincolnandfreedom.org and www.sonofthesouth.net
This is a very informative webiste that everyperson interested in slavery or human trafficking as it is know today would be well advised to visit.
President Abraham Lincoln, born to a poor family in Hodgenville Kentucky, and attending school for one year only in his life, went on to become a self-taught Illinois lawyer, and a powerful opponent of slavery. His Emacipation Proclamation, issued in 1863 freed all the slaves in rebelling states, and paved the way for the eventual abolition of slavery. President Lincoln is regarded a one of the greatest presidents in the history of America.
Slavery in America began when the first African slaves were brought to the North American colony of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619, to aid in the production of such lucrative crops as tobacco. Slavery was practiced throughout the American colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries, and African-American slaves helped build the economic foundations of the new nation. The invention of the cotton gin in 1793 solidified the central importance of slavery to the South's economy. By the mid-19th century, America's westward expansion, along with a growing abolition movement in the North, would provoke a great debate over slavery that would tear the nation apart in the bloody American Civil War (1861-65). Though the Union victory freed the nation's 4 million slaves, the legacy of slavery continued to influence American history, from the tumultuous years of Reconstruction (1865-77) to the civil rights movement that emerged in the 1960s, a century after emancipation. This artical is thanks to www.history.com
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