Readers can also see the effect that the war has on the different characters. I will examine the war through the eyes of several different characters from Shaara’s novel. The causes of the war and reasons for fighting parallel each other. The primary cause of the Civil War was the issue regarding slavery. The issue of slavery is brought up several times throughout the book.
All of the major details were included such as the Corwin amendment and issue of black military service but the book stated pressure from military losses as the cause of emancipation rather than political exchanges. Either way, Give Me Liberty fits into the anti-great emancipator school although it does recognize the positive significance of Lincoln’s actions. Richard’s Who Freed the Slaves? takes an almost identical approach to Lincoln and slavery. Although Richards argues that Lincoln did not play the biggest role in the goals of antislavery and definitely did not support racial equality, he does admit that Lincoln did play an important role in America’s development during the civil war.
The true intentions and views of Abraham Lincoln over the idealism and exploitation of Africa-Americans to slavery weren’t what it seemed to be. On the contrary he himself did not have the need to abolish slavery unless it was asked of him to do so. Most of what the narrator was trying to convey is that Lincoln wasn’t all for being an abolitionists and anti-slavery. His point-of-views differ to that of the abolitionists and thus objected each other’s views and understandings often. The role of Lincoln, in which he abolished slavery as the history books portray, did not seemed to be his primary objective when he ran for candidacy and won the elections for presidency of the United States.
David Roediger, helps us understand “self-emancipation as both deeply rooted and glorious in its maturation” (p.9). The book juxtaposes stories usually not told together but David Roediger finds important connections and uses it to explain how to improve our better selves. Recent documentary or films about slavery show the extent to which slavery impacted the war but no so much about the ideas and actions of ex slaves that gave birth to a revolution. David Roediger methods of research are different from most history books, in that he gathers different information from historic writers like Douglas Bayton who seeked to place disability in the history of the civil war (p.9). By involving disability in civil war history it brings to light the people who cared for them in those times and the controversies between the injured veterans and the African-Americans in
To the average American today, when asked what caused the Civil War a majority will say, slavery was the immediate cause of the war. However, while the effect that slavery played is undeniable, the... ... middle of paper ... ...tinuation of slavery in the United States. Works Cited Slavery: Cause and Catalyst of the Civil War." www.nps.gov. Web.
Anti-Slavery writers such as Seward and Helper urged the country to abandon the extension of slavery in order to protect the union and the economy. Others believe that the abolitionist movement was what instigated the Civil War. While it did have a role in this, the morality of slavery was not the driving force behind the dissonance between the North and South. Both sides were not mainly concerned with the moral injustice of slavery, but instead of the depth of their own pockets and their sum of power. The Civil War was prompted by differing interpretations by the North and South of economic and political issues, such as free labor ideology and the spread of slavery, as seen through the analysis of documents dating prior to the beginning of the war.
Although Oakes’s book includes little personal commentary, his choice of structure congruently connects Lincoln and Douglas’s accounts, enabling readers to clearly understand his point of view. Oakes first argued that while Douglas and Lincoln both believed,“ Slavery was an affront to American values” (34) and that political action was necessary to end slavery, their motivations were initially different. Lincoln, not wanting to alienate either the North or South, merely stated that slavery was wrong because it deprived, “ …men and women…hard earned fruit of their own labor.”(58-61). While Douglas agreed with Lincoln that slavery, “ …thwarted progress and stifled individual initiative”( 34), he was more free to expand his reasons further because of his position as a reformist, “ …[ slavery] contradicted the great principles of the Declaration of Independence. It violated the sacred purpose of the constitution.
Jefferson than stated that this observation led to the conclusion that white women were superior to black women because men of the African American community preferred white women. Although this stereotype may articulate black women as undesirable to all men, there was a common belief across the nation that black servants would lure and seduce white males from their wives (56). With this myth the stereotype of hypersexuality of black women arose. From the beginning of these observations of black women, their bodies were seen as physiologically and anatomically different (5... ... middle of paper ... ...black woman myth has not been studied as intensely as the Jezabel and Mammy images, it still has significance in present society. Sapphire, more commonly views as the angry black woman is viewed as, the bad black woman, the black “bitch, and the emasculating matriarch (88).
Below them were white, non-landing owning males. Following were white females and then slaves. During the anti-slavery movement, male slaves were looking for their right to vote mainly. The fifteenth amendment to the United States constitution stated prohibited states from denying rights to citizens "on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude" (Sklar 73). Perhaps the reason white women were opposed to this amendment is due to the fact that they realized their rights had been decreased.
Stowe’s novel was written to confront the basis of the southern way of life and culture. It stirred the pot and controversy rose to the top. Some even clamored for the book and its supporters to be “done away with” before anything bad was to come of them (Harriet Beecher Stowe Center). For many, Uncle Tom’s Cabin was nothing more than the fanciful illusions and imaginings of a woman determined to sway innocent readers. In fact, the worst offense found in the book was the talk of equality amongst the two races, where whites and blacks were essentially on equal ground (Gossett 57).