In the spring of 1860 South Carolina became the first state to secede. Soon after Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Virginia would all follow South Carolina’s lead. The Civil War then kicked off with the attack of Fort Sumter. The Civil War ultimately turned out to be a Union win and the freeing of four million slaves. There were many hot topics in debate at the time, but slavery was the hottest of them all. The debate was whether or not to expand slavery in Western United States. In the end the Union victory abolished slavery in all states North and South. Although Slavery was permanently abolished in America it can still be seen in many countries today. Overall slavery is still a huge problem today.
There are many similarities and differences between modern day slavery and slavery in the US. One way these two slave episodes are similar was they were both spurred by mass slave trade. For example the African slave trade in America took place across the Atlantic Ocean from the 15th through the 19th centuries. Money was being made by white slave owners by gaining large profits in areas where hard labor was needed. Such as sugar cane, and cotton plantations. The vast majority of Africans who were enslaved and transported to the New World, were taken on the triangular trade route and the Middle Passage, Africans from the poorer parts of the continent were sold by other Africans to European slave traders, and then brought to the Americas. These "shipments" took place in mass fashion, with boats going out with 10.5 million slaves coming to America over 15th to 19th century however the bulk of it coming in the 17th and 18th century. Similarly today on a more global scale contemporary slavery is a multibillion-dollar industry with estimates of up to $35 billion generated annually. The United Nations estimates that roughly 27 to 30 million individuals are currently caught in the slave trade industry. Similarly to the African slave trade in America, today's slavery uses techniques in which they take in large amounts of people and take them in and put the into the slave trade industry. Therefore it is clear that there are many similarities and differences between modern day slavery and slavery in the US.