150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation slavery continues

January 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

Cizewski, Lovetere, Musbach, & Robinson Families

Original copy of the Emancipation Proclaimation from the National Archives and Records Administration. Page one of the Emancipation Proclamation from the National Archives and Records Administration.

Union soldiers held a variety of opinions the abolition of  slavery. Union soldiers from slave states probably hoped to restore the Union without the abolition of slavery.

However, Union soldiers from free states such as my ancestor-in-law Anson Croman from Michigan were probably unanimous in their opposition to slavery. They did not appreciate their free labor competing with slave labor.

In recognition of the 150th anniversary, Rutgers University Professor Louis P. Masur reported on the status of slavery today:

In the United States, thousands are held against their will; minors, especially, are the victims of ruthless exploitation. While other countries are worse offenders, the United States, according to State Department reports, serves as both a source and a destination for the trafficking of children.

Slavery Footprint asks on its Web site, “How many slaves work…

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