Often times, the individuals who would be helping the slaves would often hear about the horrors of slavery, but they could not feel or visualize the suffering of slaves. The Underground Railroad was that tool that spread a change of perceptions because even the most stubborn of individuals, when they witnessed the conditions of the slaves, and they heard the stories the slaves told when slaves became free, that challenged the dominant ideologies of slavery being good. When thousands of slaves permeated the borders of the northern states, naturally even those who wanted to reject African Americans had to confront and live with the fact that African Americans are not slaves. This generated support for abolition because African Americans were quite competent when they did not have to the basic servile duties for their slave masters. Talented black men like Benjamin Banneker and Phillis Wheatley, a mathematician and a famous poet, proved that free black men could contribute to society (Divine et al 138).
The two centuries of slavery helped develop the white’s opinion about black people. “Some people thought it was wrong for any people to be slaves; so the people who needed the slaves to work in their fields and the people who were making money bringing slaves from Africa preached that black people weren’t really people like white people were, so slavery was right.” They helped white Americans to believe that black people were second-rated humans because of their skin colour. That they were no use
But even with the North beginning to want to change things, slaves were still not treated like human beings most of the time. Most were left unfed and if they disobeyed orders they were whipped and cruelly beaten. However, the most of the South didn 't see slavery as inhumane. To them slavery was needed, slaves were needed to help farm, as well as make profit for their owners. Slavery was seen as a source of
In 1619, People brought African-American people to the Americas, sold them as slaves, and so began race problems. This continued through 1865, after the Civil War, where slavery was finally made illegal. People now had to pay their maids and workers. Even though slavery was now illegal that didn’t stop people from treated blacks like trash. In the book people were disgraced even when people, like Atticus, would tried to help an innocent man who was being tried for
Abraham Lincoln was significant because of his role as the leader who protected the Union throughout the Civil War. He remained president throughout what was a difficult time period for our nation, his plans for the Reconstruction period were brought to a halt when he was assassinated in Ford’s Theatre 1865. His Emancipation Proclamation altered the atmosphere towards the war and the lives of African Americans, the purpose of the war was changed. Lincoln had other speeches that still remain important today such as the Gettysburg, he intended to join the North and South once again after the war but he never finished his work. The Civil War was important because it cleared the differential tension between the North and South due to opinions.
The causes of the war can be traced to the roots of our political fabric, in the complexity of mankind, in the fundamental law, in the Constitution itself, and in the institution of slavery which it recognized and ironically intended to protect. When the constitution was adopted, and the union formed, there was the presence of slavery in virtually all the states. Due to the industrialism of the North, slavery wasn’t really of a significant importance to them. While, the southerners were using slavery to benefit them in terms of farming, they didn’t want slavery to be
These laws were passed by southern states in 1865 and 1866 to restrict African American’s freedom and forced them to work low income jobs. In 1866, the Supreme Court was able to overrule the Black Codes, giving the black American citizens full citizenship and freedom. This angered the southerners, who had fought to keep slavery, making
The confederate flag originated during the Civil War and was a symbol of the confederacy, the losing side of the war. While much has been said on what exactly was the cause of the Civil War, most historians agree slavery was the one issue which compelled it. Southerners feared government regulation of slavery and saw the outlawing of slavery as a sign that it would soon end in the south. However, the war was not exactly fought over racial inequality. (The north wanted working class white citizens to work, and if slavery continued to be allowed they would be unable to compete with the slaves.)
However, some people still wanted control over the former slaves. To counter the 13th amendment southern states passed a series of laws called the black codes. They had the intent to restrict African American’s freedom.They made african americans compelled to work labor based jobs in the economy. They only received low wages or were only doing it to pay off debt. So even though they were free, the white southerners still wanted control of the African Americans in the south.
Many slaves in the south remained working on the plantations during the Civil War because agriculture was still significant economically and for the master’s benefit. With the slaves still at work, this would provide the Confederate troops to have as much food and clothing they need for the ongoing war. Abraham Lincoln’s attitudes about ending slavery was he didn’t necessarily fight to better the lives of African-Americans and didn’t see Blacks as equals. The Emancipation Proclaimation wasn’t applied when it was signed in 1863 because the Union didn’t own many Southern areas to have the slaves to be
During the Reconstruction period, between 1865 and 1877, the nation had a lot of work to do. After the Civil War, their was a huge impact left on the south. All slaves in the south were set free to help the union win the war. This did not make everyone happy. They had to learn to live and support themselves on their own.
If the Southerners did not farm they either became carpenters, mechanics, merchants, machinist, lawyers, teachers, blacksmiths, or a dentist. Either way, the people from the North and South had reasons why they joined the army. The main purpose was to fight for patriotism, state pride, adventure, and a steady pay. Having that said, the Union soldiers also fought to preserve the Union. The Confederate soldiers fought to defend their homes and sometimes they attacked because if the Union wins, it could lead the black people be placed with the whites.
The Emancipation Proclamation was an important act, the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln, allowing the freedom of all in the rebelling territories of the confederacy and allowing Blacks to join in the Union Army. At the beginning of the Civil War, the freed black people was ready to fight with Union, yet they were prevented from doing so. Popular racial stereotypes and discrimination against Blacks in the military contributed to the prevailing myth that Black men did not have the intelligence and bravery necessary to serve their country. By 1862, there was limited amount of White Union enlistment and confederate victories at Antietam forced the U.S. government to reconsider its racist policy.