Civil War Hahn Summary

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Hahn discusses how blacks exploited the Civil War. Slaves were leaving their owners and enrolling in the Union Army. This made slavery a key issue of the conflict between the North and South. The post-war period was filled with confusion and chaos. This was a time that gave African- Americans opportunities to begin defining their political future. Freedmen Conventions worked toward defining what emancipation meant and set the conditions for freedom and national unification and the Republican Party (p.
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