At first, most Republicans supported Johnson’s reconstruction policies. The goal was to restore the South and bring the states back to the Union. The new president would strive towards a speedy restoration of the states that seceded. It was as if they “had never truly ‘left’ the United States of America.” To start off, the new president had the former Confederate states acknowledge and ratify the Thirteenth Amendment, which officially abolished the institution of slavery. The end of slavery saw the rise of the Black Codes in the South.
The main point of this war was whether or not to keep slavery in America or to allow it to expand to the new territories acquired. The confederacy, which is mainly states in the south, had already warned to leave if a republican president won the elections. The election of 1860 was an easy win for the republicans. In the election of 1860 the democrats were split into two, the northern democrats and southern democrats, each with one president running for the election, causing their votes to split up among themselves and through majority the republicans won. The speech
The American Civil War that was started due to the controversy over slavery in 1861, was won by The Union supported by President Lincoln against the Confederate states. President Lincoln’s original goal during the civil war was to reunify the nation as quickly as possible and help both sides come to an understanding. After the Civil War ended in 1865, the newly formed United States’ reconstruction era began. The Reconstruction era was put into effect by the Congress in 1866 and lasted until 1877. The Union’s victory in the Civil War had given African Americans a new sense of hope, devastated the southern economy, and eased the history of disunity in American political life.
( 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
Through the analysis of his speech, it is evident that Lincoln was aiming at preserving the union and this made a great contribution to American Civil War. His act of preserving the union was for the sole purpose of strengthening the country and bring it closer through his ideas that were open minded. Through his speech we can point out the cause of the civil war, the people responsible for it, the consequences of the war and also why his inauguration speech is considered important in early history of America. The actual event was propelled by the victory of the Union which was attained only after a lot of blood was shed and the results were the abolition of slavery. Even though slavery had lasted for a longer period of time, the civil war was also long.
Lincoln’s plan for Reconstruction dealt was the prohibiting of slavery. During the war the Emancipation Proclamation was a huge turning point. Even though it had regulations, it gave the slaves hope. President Lincoln then offered his 10% plan. The plan stated that a state could only return to the union if; ten percent of the people agreed to follow the United States decisions, a new government was selected, and a new constitution or laws including an end to slavery was written.
Abraham Lincoln is commonly praised for ending slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation, issued on September 22, 1862 and effective on January 1, 1863. However, despite the popularity of this belief, the Emancipation Proclamation did not free any slaves, nor did it simply signify Lincoln taking a noble stand against slavery. Lincoln himself proclaimed, "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that" (Burton). The issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation was a calculated political and military strategy to preserve the Union that was secondarily able to offer a pathway to freedom for America 's enslaved. Upon reading the text of the Emancipation Proclamation, it becomes clear that the purpose of this document was not to abolish slavery in the United States-or at least this was not the immediate or primary goal.
The flag originally was not a hate symbol. Some people see the flag as a symbol of hate, but others see it as a symbol of their heritage, and as well as a symbol of their ancestry. (www.mirror.co.uk.) “History is written by the victor. The North won the war, so they get to write the history of why the Civil War was fought, saying that all Southerners were racist slave owners, yet 90 % of Confederate soldiers did not own slaves, and there were some black Confederate soldiers.”( Josh white).
Jackson’s policies regarding land distribution helped our country, as he thought that the land owned by Native Americans would be put to better use by American farmers, with his laws passed leading to massive amounts of fertile land being sold to the American public (Whaples 546-548). Additionally, Jackson’s policies brought with him the abundant use of gold and silver over paper currency, which greatly aided the American economy, as shown by both the increase in money after the end of the Bank of the United States and the economic boom after the Species Circular (Whaples 548-550). Furthermore, perhaps the most important policies expressed by Jackson was shown through his determination to paying off America’s national debt, as through his refusal to borrow money and his stinginess in spending more money, as well as reformations to American laws passed by Congress, Jackson successfully paid off the American national debt and brought forward a surplus of money for the first time in American history (Whaples 552-553). All in all, despite Andrew Jackson bringing much controversy into the White House during his 8 years as the president of the United States, his unique policies greatly aided America’s economy, bringing our country immense economic
Fredrick Douglass is one of the most famous abolitionists the United States has ever seen. The events that led up to his freedom of slavery were very interesting. In his Narrative you not only get to see the worst of slavery, but you can also feel firsthand what Douglass went through to get his freedom. As we all know slavery was something you could not just walk out of. Some slaves that try to escape even end up getting punished or killed.