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 for you?” A survey poses a series of seemingly innocuous…Upon completion, a number is revealed: (Professor Masur) discovered that 60 slaves work for him.
The survey suggested at least 48 slaves work for me
Professor Masur suggests:
One way to reduce our complicity and attack human trafficking is to participate in Made in a Free World, a platform started by Slavery Footprint to show companies how to eliminate forced labor from their supply chains.
Working to abolish all forms of slavery worldwide may be one of the best ways to honor the service of our Civil War ancestors.
For more information:
How Many Slaves Work for You? by Louis P. Masur, New York Time Op-Ed, December 31, 2012.
The Emancipation Proclamation National Archives and Records Administration.
Anson Croman and the Civil War. The Musbachs and Robinsons are direct line descendents of Anson Croman.