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Hello! I'm professional writer. Here is my small portfolio, if I can say so: "However, the more important issue was what slavery meant, whether it was in sync with the ideals set forth in the nation's Constitution. The secessionists were perhaps partially right in stating that the United States was a voluntary union of states, but that initial agreement was a contract where states declared that they agreed on a common set of principles and ideals in exchange for being a part of the larger union and the protections and benefits that membership provides. When the United States was originally formed, the individual states agreed on a common Constitution that stated all men to be equal. While slavery had already been established, more and more Americans grew to believe that it was in direct contradiction with the ideals upon which the nation was founded and that initial agreement among states provided for such redefinition and growth through the ability to amend and change the Constitution itself."

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