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As slavemasters in the South grew fearful of losing slaves to the Union armies, they implemented harsher restrictions upon their slaves, often moving the entire plantation further inland to avoid Northern contact. These changes, however, only caused the slaves to flee, and those that did stay demanded more freedom from their masters. In this way, the slaves gained some power in the situation, forcing masters to make offerings in exchange for labor. After initially striving to keep the slavery issue out of the war, the Northeners began enlisting blacks to assist them in the fight. Lincoln's Second Confiscation Act and the Militia Act, both of 1862, were significant in building the Northern military, because together they punished rebel slaveholders and encouraged employment of blacks in the Union army. These black slaves fought both on the line as soldiers and behind the scenes in labor tasks. Many blacks, inspired by their involvement, returned home to free their families and friends. Some even reinhabited the plantations, took over the former masters' possessions, and began their own cropping.

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emilysmom1966

Asked by emilysmom1966 at 7:00 AM on Feb. 8, 2011 in

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  • No, I didn't know that...interesting! Thanks for sharing this....
    Anna92464

    Answer by Anna92464 at 8:19 AM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • Thanks for sharing! : )

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:43 AM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • Okee dokey then
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 9:02 AM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • I knew some of that, but not all. Thanks for sharing it! :-)
    pam19

    Answer by pam19 at 9:03 AM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • These are fascinating. Are you planning to post one every day?
    tinamatt

    Answer by tinamatt at 9:18 AM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • Yes, I actually did know this. Very interesting stuff.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:55 AM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • "Some even reinhabited the plantations, took over the former masters' possessions, and began their own cropping."

    As in they stole the plantation from the former Master or the former Master passed away and they took it over?
    Memigen

    Answer by Memigen at 10:40 AM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • No, I did not know this ..very interesting :)
    kimberlyinberea

    Answer by kimberlyinberea at 2:11 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • These are fascinating. Are you planning to post one every day?

    I just want to share American history that evreyone might not know. History is a great way to understand each other. I am so pleased that you guys are reading this. i am posting this just for Black History Month. I would love to know about facts about women, hispanic, Irish Americans, Italian AMericans,Jewish Americans, Native Americans so that we can under stand each other.:0)
    emilysmom1966

    Comment by emilysmom1966 (original poster) at 5:40 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • Some even reinhabited the plantations, took over the former masters' possessions, and began their own cropping." As in they stole the plantation from the former Master or the former Master passed away and they took it over?


    Some of the plantations were abandoned .

    emilysmom1966

    Comment by emilysmom1966 (original poster) at 5:42 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

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