Slaves were at the bottom of the social order but the individuals above them were not much better. The white people that were poor did not have as many hardships because they always thought at least they were not slaves, even though they were towards the bottom of the social structure. Slavery had a tremendous impact on all aspects of Virginia. It helped keep Virginia afloat and at the same time slowly helped its downfall. It affected the economy, social, and class system.
In the general orders document the African Americans had no say in the recruitment process. I think the flyers appealed to the colored people simply because they talked about freedom and most colored people couldn't read or write so they probably couldn't comprehend the entire flyer and possibly based what they did off of what others told them. To an extent they weren't free still. In the document, it says “Three or more field officers will be detailed as Inspectors to supervise the organization of colored troops at such points as may be indicated by the War Department in the Northern and Western States.” (General Orders) In conclusion, the Emancipation Proclamation impacted the war greatly due to the amount of slaves that joined the war. They helped increased the numbers of soldiers
The Civil War did not bring freedom to the Blacks in the USA What is freedom? I believe that freedom is the right to express yourself freely and have freewill – receiving no bias or prejudice to your actions. The ability to have equal opportunity to play an active role in society. Slaves were brought to the USA in large ships which held a large number of black people – it was the Atlantic Slave Trade. In this trade, blacks were shipped to the USA in return for money and exotic goods.
On the eve of the Civil War, the abolitionist movement and the opposition to slavery were very strong and powerful. While many people knew that slavery was a disgusting and degrading institution, there was not much first-hand information available about the inhumane effects that slavery had on both black and white people. In his narrative, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Frederick Douglass demonstrates the dehumanizing effects slavery had, not only on African slaves, but also on the white population. In order to kindle the abolitionist movement and the opposition to slavery, Douglass includes his own personal accounts of life as a slave in America and utilizing elevates diction and vivid imagery
“The war that ensued started at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, on April 12, 1861, and lasted four years”(Confederate.., pg1). The North and South were quite different, so during the Civil war, each side had advantages politically, socially, economically, and demographically. One of the Advantages the North had was Political. The South seceded from the Union because they feared the end to slavery, so when they left the union they had no government. After all of the states seceded, they announced the creation of the Confederate States of America.
During the time of African enslavement, the difference in race fostered the belief that Africans were inferior which was what justified it at the time, besides the demand for labor. The lords did not see the serfs as inferior because of a difference in race, but a difference in class. Culturally, Serfs were also similar to their lords, especially because they were both from relatively the same place, unlike the African American slave and Europeans. In America, the cultures of the slaves was dismantled as much as possible by European settlers. In addition, the Russian serf was not separated from their family like a slave typically was.
Fredrick Douglass was an enslaved African American who escaped slavery and became a leader of the abolition movement. Douglass wrote two novels which would become bestsellers and this would really help in the abolition movement. In 1860, Abraham Lincoln became the first republican to win an election. During the civil war which took place in 1863, Abraham Lincoln was against slavery in America and he said that after January 1st all slaves that where on rebel territory shall be free people. Then in 1865 slavery had not existed anymore.
In “My bondage, My freedom”, Frederick wants people to understand that African Americans are being treated unfairly and should not be slaves. He uses his personal experience to show how life is being a slave and how he was treated unfairly. Lifes hard as a slave and African Americans have done nothing to deserve this. He says “Nature has done almost nothing to prepare men and women to be either slaves or
¨Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery.¨ This is similar to Frederick Douglass because he lived his most of his life in slavery and then after slavery ended he chose to live his life the way he wanted. Frederick Douglass was an African American slave who wanted to abolish slavery after hearing the word abolish so many times. Douglass´s audience were many other African Americans who also said slavery was a bad thing. How slavery was bad for slaves and how it corrupts slave owners.
In the 19th century, slavery and the Reconstruction was a sore subject for the South. Reconstruction forged civil rights for African-Americans, but once the North’s influenced waned in the South, the South terrorized African-Americans and blocked them from accessing their newfound rights. While Reconstruction may have brought civil rights, those rights were quickly squashed by the South’s racism. Even after certain freedoms were securely gained, every new attempt to make African-Americans equal to the white populace was contested. A large group of people were happy to see slavery ended and civil rights rise.