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Why were republicans so strongly opposed to the expansion of slavery?

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  • Anonymous
    5 months ago
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    Many northerners being opposed to slavery is what created the Republican Party. It’s more that those who opposed slavery became republican than the reverse.

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  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    Because they were liberals at the time. Now they are ultra-conservative.

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    • Patrick
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      B.S. There was no party flip. It's a myth.


      President Abe Lincoln: "I am a conservative and a Republican,
      and I will destroy slavery." "A Letter to Horace Greeley in
      1861." (The New York Tribune, autumn 1861).

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  • 4 months ago

    Because it was free labor. Which gave slave owners a very unfair financial advantage. So they decided to end slavery. Not for any moral or altruistic reasons. But to squash what they saw as a potential threat to their control of the economy.

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  • 5 months ago

    Republicans freed the slaves you freaking moron.

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  • John
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    5 months ago

    Why would americans think it OK to buy and sell people like animals? This is america.

    Slavery came from other parts of the world were people are treated like **** by their own kind.

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  • 5 months ago

    Republicans don't want more slaves? This is the first I've heard of it! Do you have a link to this claim? I would be fascinated to read it.

    • j5 months agoReport

      The left is weak in truth recognition.

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  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    At the time of the Civil War a lot of Republicans owned slaves, they called them indentured servants and not all of them were black. You won't ever learn that on PBS because it doesn't fit the agenda of the DNC.

  • 5 months ago

    Because the Republican Party was originally formed by abolitionists in opposition to the Fugitive Slave Act. At the time, the Democratic party was strong in the slaveholding south. And then, obviously, a LOT of stuff changed— look up the Dixiecrat Walkout as an example.

    Full story: The Great Alignment by Alan Abramowitz.

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  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Republicans have always supported equal rights and opposed the idea of some humans owning other humans. That said, their initial goal wasn’t to end slavery in the U.S., just contain it and prevent its growth. Southern liberals didn’t agree, so we had a war over it. Northern republicans won, not only preventing the expansion of slavery but ending it all together.

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    • Patrick
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      Liberals just want to rewrite history whenever they want to cover up the history of their own party.

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  • oikoσ
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    They weren't. Lincoln latched on to a handy way of keeping the European powers from helping the Confederacy when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The War Between the States was fought over states' rights. That's one reason the "Solid South" bolted to the Republican party in 1964, when Johnson signed the civil rights legislation.

  • 5 months ago

    Expansion of slavery? Slavery has been abolished worldwide, it has been an international crime to enslave people since the creation of the international courts in 1948, slavery has been abolished from every country on the planet. so exactly what would be expanded

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    • yahoo4 months agoReport

      sorry hun, slavery is rampant in middle east and africa and trafficking is worldwide

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