Emancipation Proclamation

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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.…show more content…
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. The European powers to withdraw support for the confederacy. The Emancipation Proclamation and Changed the Course of the Civil War. The African American was allowed to join the armed forces and by the end of the war nearly 200,000 would honorably serve. Slavery was abolished on December 6, 1865, In the summer of 1862 President Lincoln first proposed the Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet. The cabinet secretaries were worried about that the Proclamation was too radical.…show more content…
The most famous of these stories, and the one with the most significant legacy, was that of Sargent William H. Carney. Born a slave in Norfolk, VA in 1840, Carney moved with his family to New Bedford, MA in 1856 after being emancipated by his owner. In 1863, hearing the call for Black men to bear arms for the Union army, Carney enlisted in the 54th Regiment where he became Sargent, the highest rank achievable by Black soldiers at that time. As Colonel Shaw was pierced through the heart, climbing the parapet at Fort Wagner, Carney managed to rescue the Union flag from the hands of the slain color bearer. With wounds in his legs, breast, and right arm, Sgt. Carney continued to crawl on one knee over the bleeding bodies of his fallen comrades; as he placed the Union flag in the Confederate parapet, he was cheered by his fellow soldiers. As he was carried aboard a stretcher to the Union hospital, Carney uttered the famous words, "The old girl never touched the ground, boys." (Glathaar 1990). As a result of his bravery, Sgt. William H. Carney became the first Black man in history to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor
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