“No other single document had the power to shake the nation to its roots and threaten its future as did Lincoln's edict, which did nothing other than proclaim freedom for those persons held in slavery in states actively seeking to break away from the government of the United States.” (Girardi, 2013) The Emancipation Proclamation was created to assist President Lincoln in support of the war. It caused not only uproar of the South, but also in the North. Majority of the Northern States still agreed that slavery had existed for far too long, but all the Southern states still felt slavery was not a problem. Before the war, in the early 1800s, a law had been passed to end slave trades and now the Emancipation Proclamation would be the beginning to the abolition of slavery.
No founding father and revolutionist who affirmed and believed in a just and free America would affirm human bondage. At the time and in 1776, only a few men proclaimed slavery as a necessary evil, however, most men, even in the remotest of the United States believed in the freedom of men. According to Thomas Jefferson in his love for Justice and the love of country script, he stood on the viewpoint that that equality was a moral obligation that ought to be preserved and observed by all mankind
Although this only freed slaves in the rebellious area, it demonstrated the moral side of the war. In Lincoln's letter written in 1863, he stated “Why should they do anything for us, if we will do nothing for them?” (Doc 3). He is referring to the African Americans which shows that Lincoln’s policies and goals in the Civil War driven by the desire to enlist African Americans in fighting to preserve the Union. Consequently, the freed slaves were encouraged to enlist and take part of the Union side and army.
First, they blamed the south for causing the Civil War that ended prior. Secondly, they wanted to help the slaves because they felt they needed protection. His main concern was to make an economic opportunity for the slaves. He wanted them to make a living on their own and not depend of the “whites” as they have been used to. Then there was Charles Sumner, thinking on the same lines as Stevens.
It automatically freed enslaved African Americans and guaranteed their citizenship. It also said that no State has the authorization to deny any citizen their rights unless first given the proper treatment under the judicial system, which they are entitled to. The 15th amendment guaranteed their right to vote. Over what issues did Johnson and Congress Clash?
The three amendments deeply magnified the civil rights of Americans (Roark, 431-433). The Emancipation Proclamation had an impact in American history. Although it limited the roles in freeing slaves, it had an influence on the African American community. The Proclamation has been controversial, but it provided slaves with a sense of independence and liberty, transforming the Civil War into a fight for equality.
John Brown could sit next to William Lloyd because they both were abolitionists, Lloyd was a journalist though that generally agree with Brown’s activist ways. William Lloyd and Thomas Paine could sit next to each other because they both believed in the equal rights of the people, Lloyd was more about blacks to be free but Paine was for Americans to be free from the English. Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson both wanted the American people to be free, Paine had wrote the booklet to influence people on the reasons why, while Jefferson wrote the Declaration of
After the Civil War, African Americans went from bondage into gaining liberty. Twentieth President James A. Garfield stated, “The elevation of the Negro race from slavery to the full rights of citizenship is the most important political change we have known since the adoption of the constitution.” However, the centuries of racism, prejudice, and devaluation took its toll on Southern society, and they would take another century before all Blacks could vote unhindered. The ratification of civil rights legislation created only a beginning of a change because the Emancipation Proclamation failed to free all slaves, Whites did not view Blacks as social equals, and most Southern Whites would not cooperate with the new laws. The Emancipation
The three different but similar events all had something in common for people’s equality. The 1st event that happened was the Sojourner Truth speech in 1815, at the Women 's Convention in Akron, Ohio and it was focused on women 's equality. The second event that occured was the Civil War that went on from 1861 to 1865, and the reason behind the Civil War was to put an end to slavery, so slaves can have equality. The Final event that happens during the Civil war was the Gettysburg Address given by Abraham Lincoln and it was to honor the fallen soldiers who died during the Civil War or the Battle of Gettysburg, and he also gave a reminder that all men are created equal, which is kinda like people’s equality. The reason that people are fighting is because they all want equality and that means the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities.
The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution assured that people born in The United States are American citizens and individual states cannot deprive them of their constitutional rights. It also assured that all citizens in all states enjoyed not only rights on the federal level, but on the state level, too. In 1866, when the 14th Amendment was ratified, the U.S. was in the midst of Reconstruction, particularly in the south. Because all African-American people freed from slavery, they needed land, housing, jobs, etc, and the Republicans wanted equality to be protected by the Constitution itself, which is where the 14th Amendment came into play. People were unhappy with the fact that President Johnson vetoed the proposal of the 14th Amendment at first.
Many politicians felt this was a white man’s war and slaves had no right to fight this war. Slaves were not allowed to fight, all this changed when Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, it declared “ That all person held as slaves within the Confederate states should be free. Although it did not end slavery in the nation it gave people hope and uplifted the moral of blacks. Fredrick Douglas convinced Abraham Lincoln that African Americans were ready to fight and serve the Union.
As Lincolns main goal was to preserve the union because without the Union the slaves wouldn’t have even been given the chance to be free. Many factors lead up to the divide from the economic differences as in what’s best for the union, the political problems of who would be the future president, and when you look at these issues slavery played a part in all of these issues. Many have said slavery was the cause of the civil war and they could be right but the correct way to phrase that would be is by saying the way in which Americans preferred American life to be like in the future would be ideal, because that was the real
As each group represents one of two opposing sides in the Civil War free state party is the United States of America or the Union while the border ruffians is the Confederate States of America. The free state party wanted slaves to be free through justified means like religion from Great Awakening and Second Great Awakening were many preached that all humans are created equal and since everyone is on equal terms then no one should enslave another person (Hahn 10/11). Other then religion a lot of European countries already banned slavery within their empires. So to many Americans it would seem as barbaric if a majority of the developed world has gotten rid of something altogether while the land of the free still has something that even opposes what is written in the constitution “all men are created equal”. Like with the caning of Sumner where Preston Brooks used his cane to beat up Charles Sumner on the senate floor because Sumner was insulting the way of life of the south (Hahn 11/8).
Vu Pham Professor Sunshine McClain History 170 May 22, 2016 Abraham Lincoln Does Not Deserve To be The Great Emancipator Abolition of slavery was a big controversy in the United State of America in the nineteenth century due to the different stances between northern and southern states which led to the American Civil war. At the present time, Abraham Lincoln was the president of the United States who supported the north (Union) thought that free the slave could help him united all the states. As the result, he passed out the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, which give freedom to slaves in the states that the Union did not control. After the war, he issued the Thirteenth Amendment on December 6, 1865, to free all slaves.
Emancipation came through a series of gradual events; beginning with the presidential election of 1860 all the way till the end of the war. When the war began, Lincoln never imagined it to be a long and hard war; where thousands of lives would be lost. The process of Emancipation is more that just Lincoln because so much occurred that led up to emancipation, in fact, many northerners didn’t even believe in Emancipation, “Many Northerners considered enslavement an appropriate status for blacks.” As the war went on, the Lincoln administration and the civilians of the North, saw this as a method to end the war, so its difficult to say that just one person passed emancipation because there were many factors that went in hand before he decided to