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Slavery was legal in the South
One of the aim of the Union was to end slavery but the Constitution didn't let Abraham Lincoln end slavery. Later, he had an idea, The Constitution did let him take property away from an enemy. So if Lincoln freed the Southern slaves, it would hurt the enemy!
So, in 1863, Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. Of course, it didn't free all the slaves but it was an important step and it happened after the war.
Emancipation Proclamation " Persons held as slaves... ... shall be... ... forever free. " A. Lincoln
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