How The Emancipation Proclamation Changed The Civil War

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The Emancipation Proclamation- How it Changed the Civil War

The Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in some areas. Some places still held rebellion. According to, “Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation, which declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebel states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” Before the Emancipation Proclamation the main focus of the Civil War in the North was that they believed that they had to fight to preserve the Union. At the beginning of the war, abolishing slavery was not a main goal of the North.

Southerners believed that they had the right to leave the Union (secede). Southerners wanted independence so that they could keep their traditional way of life, including the having and keeping of slavery. With the issuance of the new Emancipation Proclamation freedom for slaves now became the new goal for the north, while the South wanted to defend …show more content…

With the new Emancipation Proclamation the cotton diplomacy doesn’t work anymore. Great Britain used to purchase a lot of cotton from the United States but as soon as Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation the issue turned to slavery. Now that slavery is the main focus of the Civil War, Great Britain is no longer supporting the Confederacy because the South is no longer providing them with cotton. The agreement between the two was Great Britain gets cotton from the South for its booming textile industry and in turn, they support the Confederacy. Now that the South doesn’t need their [Great Britain’s] support selling cotton to them is not necessary [Great Britain isn’t supporting them at this point]. It is not necessary because now that Great Britain isn’t doing its part, the South isn’t supplying them with cotton. European countries outlawed slavery and started to support the Union. This shows how the cotton diplomacy failed to

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