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This “institution” was entirely legal, recognized at the writing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and ended by legal abolishment December 1865, through the 18th amendment. This institution lasted for more than 100 years effecting up to 4-5 generations of people and families. The effect that the slavery had upon the people enslaved proved very detrimental. Clagetts “listing” showed that people had no disregard for what they negatively connoted as “negroes and wenches” using words such as “valuable” and “capable”. They also showed little regard for family structures, willing to separate mothers from children “if it best suits the purchaser” and selectively breed for the strongest and biggest slaves.
Unconstitutional, immoral, inhuman and plain out wrong was how the Union described slavery. On the other side the south viewed slavery as the right thing to do because blacks were lesser human begins which made slavery justified. Also in the 1850s new territories in the nation were being added so the question of allowing slavery or not arose there. During this decade many compromises were proposed to avoid war but all were unsuccessful and made either the North or South more willing to fight. Slavery was the main reason for the start of the Civil War with events that happened due to slavery.