Civil War DBQ Essay

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The United States had been involved in the Civil War for two years prior to 1863. Many people wonder how this devastating conflict ever got started. It has been said that the differences between the states that was against slavery and the states that still felt it was still necessary was the reasoning behind it. However, that did not last forever. All it took was one man to change everything. Abraham Lincoln was the man of it all. He ran for election in 1860. Winning over the Northeast and Northwest states was not hard for him, but the slaveholding states did not want any part of what he had planned. Breckenridge, Bell, and Douglas won over their part of the rest of those states. President Lincoln created the Emancipation Proclamation on September …show more content…

The Emancipation Proclamation act allowed all the slaves held in the rebellious states to be set free. However, it was not perfect and was restricted in many ways. Border states still participated in slavery. It cleared parts of the confederacy even though it had already partaken under Northern control. Freedom was not guaranteed to all slaves, it depended on the victory of the Union military. Although it did not end slavery all over, this act still played a big part in transforming the character of the Civil War. African American men were being accepted in the Union Army as well as the Navy. As a matter of fact, 200,000 of the retired slaves fought as soldiers and sailors for the union and for their freedom. The Emancipation Proclamation is what allowed this time in history to become so …show more content…

This meant that the morals of slave work would still be continuing in the Confederate states along with the Union slave's states. Those states were not part of the proclamation. However, the Thirteenth Amendment fixed that problem. It was signed on December 6, 1865. The Thirteenth Amendment states, according to History, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof, the party shall have been dully convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction" (THIRTEENTH AMENDMENT, History). This act had to be pushed into action. The reason being that when Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation to set all slaves free, not a single on was set free within the border stares and more in the confederate states. Not long before the officially passing of The Thirteenth Amendment, about eight months, President Abraham Lincoln was killed. He fought for what he believed was right and

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