( Source F) The Southerners feared that the Republicans would completely abolish slavery however Lincoln said he would not interfere with slavery where it already existed. (Source D) The South did not believe him due to the amount of fear they had and as a result they turned to war, making sure that slavery will stay amongst their
When the tension was at its highest, the north would attack the south verbally and call slavery Sothern slavery. There was slavery in the north at one part, but the north othered themselves form slavery because they addressed slavery as a problem of the south. Lincoln did not want to further push the divide between the north and the south, so he never wanted to refer to slavery as Southern slavery. This is an example of Lincoln accommodating both sides. When Lincoln referred to slavery as American slavery, he was addressing slavery as being an American problem.
Fearful of abolitionists seeking to incite a slave insurrection to overthrow the southern society, southerners resorted to mass burnings of mail from northern outlets in an attempt to quell the anti-slavery messages. Further, southerners viewed these efforts as an undermining of their right to property that “God...entrusted to [their] charge” and became further convinced of northern ambitions to eradicate slavery and the slaveholders themselves. Despite the abolitionists consisting of a small number of people, the overarching impact of their propaganda and literature caused southerners to take drastic measures as many in the slave states increasingly felt their livelihoods and safety were under attack by an anti-slavery north. The manifestation of this paranoia in slaveholders would in essence create a connotation of the anti-slavery movement with that of the entirety of the “free” states and northern
After the Civil War, the nation was very obliterated - metaphorically and literally. Tensions between the North and the South were very high, and the fact that a lot of the land where battles had been fought was destroyed didn’t help at all. One side of Congress used Reconstruction to try and fix a divided country, while Congress in the South were behind the scenes tearing it apart even more. “‘The Compromise of 1877’ was the South’s last bit of ammunition against African Americans and abolitionists.” (Source 4) Since this tore the nation apart even more, and the South was not agreeing with anything that national congress was saying, national congress was forced to make an actual
With this Proclamation Lincoln and his Administration believed that making the abolition of slavery a war aim, they could stop Great Britain or France from recognizing the Confederacy because it had been a long time since these countries had abolished slavery and would not support a country fighting a war to defend it, and so they would help the Union or stay neutral Furthermore, emancipation would indirectly allow the North to undercut the South's war effort, which had and was supported by the slave labor. During that period until our days the Emancipation Proclamation has been admired by some citizens but criticized by others because it did not actually free all slaves in the United States, rather it declared free only those slaves living in states not under Union control. As stated before, this proclamation did not free all the slaves because it was actually set up as a double-face strategy by Lincoln. Lincoln made it clear with an entire paragraph the states or parts of states which were in that moment in rebellion with the United States and in which this executive order would be
Essay Revision Wendell Phillips speech was delivered during a time before equality was in existence. As people’s race played a crucial factor in society. During 1861 when the Civil War was in its beginning stages the Northerners were debating weather to allow African Americans to serve in the military. As that made sense to some since the whole point of the civil war was to abolish slavery in the South and obviously many African Americans wanted to fight for that ending goal, but others debated that using African Americans could put their army in jeopardy as they had no experience. Event though this was a conflict between abolitionist people who were strongly for abolishing slavery in the United States some Northerners were still hesitant in trusting Blacks as there was still racism.
The Civil War was a great turning point for Americans and their ideas and thoughts of freedom. Slavery began to be questioned because of this change, as several writings express the belief of everyone having freedom and equality. For example, the “Gettysburg Address” by Abraham Lincoln strongly expresses that every man was created equal and everyone should put that into action. Another great source expressing equality is “Ain’t I a Women” by Sojourner Truth. The Civil War reshaped ideas and beliefs Americans once had and molded them into understanding that all people men, women, blacks, and whites are all created equal.
The Civil war has finally ended and the time for reconstruction is here. The African American slaves of the United States are now free from their despicable owners and there is nothing but opportunity ahead. The 13th, 14th and 15th amendment were passed by congress to ensure equality for former slaves. Slavery has now been abolished, former male slaves now have the right to vote, and also that states could not prohibit citizens from voting based on the color of their skin. All is good in the country and African Americans will finally be looked at as first-class citizens.
After the Union won the Civil War, slaves were given freedom, but African Americans were not completely free. President Andrew Johnson had very lenient policies for Reconstruction after the Civil War, which allowed southerners from the Confederate states to enact restrictive laws against blacks. These laws were called “Black Codes”, and were primarily designed to restrict African Americans’ labor and activity even though slavery had already been abolished. The Black Codes took away rights from African Americans that were guaranteed to them by the Fourteenth Amendment. For example, some states had laws that required African Americans to sign labor contracts each year and if they refused, they could be arrested, fined, or forced to work without pay.