Both sides involved in the civil war had distinct advantages and disadvantages, which all played a part to decide the outcome of the civil war. The north for example, was an economic and industrial powerhouse. They also had excellent communication and transportation networks to efficiently organize their army. The south however, had a home advantage where they could get supplies from anywhere they pleased. Additionally, Southern generals were vastly superior to their northern counterparts.
The south’s economy also halted due to the union’s barricade thus causing a halt in their cotton distribution. The south’s plan to gain the assistance from Britain also failed when the motivation behind the Civil war switched gears to slavery. However, despite all the disadvantages the south did have some pros over the union. Some military advantages include more advanced military leadership. Some big names in the south’s chain of command included Robert E. Lee, and Thomas “stonewall” Jackson and both proved to be extremely valuable when it came to their strategic placement of their men on the battlefield.
In South, torn between the economic benefits of slavery and the moral and constitutional issues raised, and white Southerners grew more and more defensive. They argued that black people were incapable of caring for themselves. They said that slavery was a benevolent institution that kept them fed, clothed, and occupied. Most Northerners did not doubt that black people being inferior to whites, but they did doubt the benevolence of slavery. The Civil War changed the future of the United States.
The same mistreatment, torture, and horrible conditions were evident in American slavery until it was abolished centuries later. During 1450-1750, a change in the foundation of the labor systems, which would be slavery, was never considered by the majority. This, in itself, was inherently inhumane, but those who practiced slavery didn’t take into account the changes in society that the predominance of slavery would bring. The subjugation of a specific set of people, based on race instead of war prisoners as before, impacted the white man 's perspective on equality between
Even as the war proceeded, he was reluctant to make the decision because he feared that it might bring about more chaos than the current state of the United States during the Civil War. In his paper, professor Krug wrote, “Lincoln issued the Proclamation primarily from military necessity and that he was influenced little, if at all, by considerations of justice, freedom and morality”. At this point of the war, it was clear that the Union needs more manpower and constituents’ support. Furthermore, a boost in morale among the African American population was abundant in the effort to fight against the Confederate which is the motivation for President Lincoln to produce the
“Buchanan, a Democrat who was morally opposed to slavery but believed it was protected by the U.S. Constitution, was elected”( Source #5)This quote explains how another president had the same mindset of Abraham but still couldn't officially end slavery.”Taylor entered the White House at a time when the issue of slavery and its extension into the new western territories (including Texas) had caused a major rift between the North and South”(Source #7). This quote quote explains how other presidents made slavery worst. Although having different ideas than other presidents Abrahams’ assassination was unjustified because other American presidents did not make much changes or just made it worst. While Abraham Lincoln made on of the most important decisions by freeing the slaves. In conclusion, Abrahams assassination was needless because he was the first to have sympathy for slaves and made sure it ended and he lead America better than most other presidents.one thing to take from this essay is to support the correct leaders and dont support the incorrect
The war was unavoidable, the South needed slaves and the North didn’t do much to stop it. Lincoln mentions “One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves” he also mentions that the slaves localized in the southern states. Lincoln puts this in his speech to help people understand how the “interest of the salves somehow caused the war.” One of them would make war rather than unite and prestige embracing each other. Lincoln knew he was not powerful enough to change the fate of the nation so he bestowed the power to God. Everyone was religious and very faithful to God.
Richard Gatling invented the gun in the hopes that a weapon so catastrophic in its damage would convince men to stop waging war. Unfortunately, its efficiency in killing only made war more deadly. ‘It saw only limited use in the Civil war” (Doc 3). The production of guns, bullets,and other materials were crucial in the war, but the how quickly the materials got to the North and South was very important. The Northern railway system was way more effective to the existing railways in the South.
Virginian landowners did not see the need to incorporate slavery nor wanted to participate in the practices that occurred in the West Indies since most of the Virginians were individuals who wanted to settle in Virginia with their families, rather than the businessmen who would return to England like it was in the Caribbean (Takaki 52). Eventually, due to the boom of tobacco as a commodity and the potential of its production overseas, more servants were needed to provide for the demand of labor. Some estates valued their indentured blacks more than their white counterparts, Takaki provides documents showing a landowner’s inventory and the differences in their production in comparison between black and white servants; this fluctuation can be attributed to blacks becoming indentured for significantly longer periods then those white servants from Ireland (Takaki 55-56). Because of the lack of regulation with indentured servants and the disenfranchisement of blacks, the trend began to shift from blacks indentured for life to selling blacks as property; during this period of time, wealthy landowners gained control of Virginian Assembly and pushed any ordinance that would benefit their business’s (Takaki 58). Seeing that unpaid labor was significantly more profitable than
A portion of the North agreed with the south in that it should be a problem that will stay and will be dealt with in the southern states. The 3/5 compromise and the War of 1812 were two major factors that Mason speaks on that directly affected northerners and lead to more push for anti-slavery movements. A quote here supports this, “As Madison won reelection in 1812 and the war dragged on, New England Federalists increasingly argued that were it not for the added power of slave representation, the Republicans would never have been able to enact commercial restrictions or initiate the war” (51). Though rebutted later in the book by a southerner, this was a fair point. With this added slave representation came much more power for the southern states.
The president encouraged congress to provide financial aid to any slave states willing to adopt plans of The Emancipation, and also funds to the people in the colonies of the African descent with their consent. The Emancipation Proclamation did not include the areas that had already been conquered by Union Armies. The North benefited from the Emancipation Proclamation in several ways. The slaves from the south fled to the north to become free but that put a hurting on the south economy. The proclamation also gave renewed purpose to Union Soldiers, who now saw their cause as abolition as well as the preservation of the union.
To do this, they sent troops into the South, which they were not very pleased with. During Reconstruction, freed slaves still did not have the same opportunities that white people did. The Civil rights laws were made to protect former slaves and make sure everyone is equal, but still, the South cannot agree and continues to make life nearly just as bad as it had been before the war. In the document written by a former slave, he expresses how poorly they have been treated. When Lincoln was president, Reconstruction ran alot smoother.
Slaves were not granted freedom as late as 1865 in some states, and even then the African-American population was still mistreated (Doc 5). Nevertheless, African-American freedom can indirectly be attributed to the American victory in the Revolutionary War. Women, yet, were not granted total liberty until as late as 1920 in the 19th amendment of the United States Constitution (Doc 8). Although women have not had as much lingering unjust denial of freedom as the African American population faced after being granted their freedom (Doc 6). Some immediate changes were seen put into effect soon, after the war was won, the average white man demanded their right to vote and some even ran for a political position.
The Civil war did reduce the sectional antagonism in the Northern and Southern states. Lincoln was a major factor in the changing of this country, he fought for slavery but not necessarily for their freedom but because of the economy and how the enslaved worked in the South: the South were more agricultural based and the North were more industrial based. The Northern and Southern cultures were established. This sectionalism was the reason that ultimately led to the Civil War. However, this sectional antagonism faded away by the end of the 19th century and it “ultimately made the United States truly ‘one nation”.