For generations students have been taught an over-simplified version of the civil war and even now I am just coming to a full understanding of the truth. The civil war was a terrible rift in our nation, fought between the northern states (known as the union) and the southern states (the Confederate States of America). The people’s opinions were so divided over the issues of the civil war that, in some families, brother was pit against brother. Eventually, the south succumbed to the north and surrendered on April 9th, 1865 but not before the war had caused 618,000 deaths, more than any other war in U.S. history.
African Americans joined and fought willingly (Doc B) and bravely now that they had a cause to fight for—the removing of slavery. More than thirty-eight thousand died in war for the Union, suffering in the Fort Pillow Massacre and serving in units such as the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts regiments and other black military units. Due to prejudice and ideas, the Confederacy did not enlist slaves into the army until the war was nearly over; confederate slaves worked on farms while white men joined the army. The novel idea of African Americans engaged in the war, marching and fighting for the Union, changed many whites’ view and treatment of blacks. ... ... middle of paper ... ...rstand God’s words (Doc E).
His fight against the civil rights or any tights for freemen were extensive and continued on for his whole presidency and I see him as one of the biggest reasons why civil rights did not take place a lot earlier in the United States. Thousands of people murdered and thousands of homes destroyed the post civil war South got the angel they prayed for Andrew Johnson became president!
During the Civil war, most Union Army soldiers were immigrants, and approximately one in ten were African-American. This was incredible for the African American race, as they became united with the Whites and fought for a common ground, being the abolishment of slavery against the Sout, or the Confederate Army. Many people will claim that the war could have been avoided, had people gone about things differently. They, though, are wrong. The Civil War was inevitable between the North an South, as their social beliefs on slavery were worlds apart, westward expansion was creating tension, and Spot's Resolution, Wilmot Proviso, and Election of 1860 made the war unavoidable.
On the dawn of the Civil War, some 4 million slaves and their descendants worked under very harsh and brutal conditions as slave laborers in the South. Slavery was so interlocked in the Southern economy and society that the rat... ... middle of paper ... ...case of Kansas, immigration en masse to Kansas by activists from both sides ended up causing a local civil war in Kansas. The Southerners saw slavery as their source of living while, Northerners viewed slavery as morally unacceptable and wrong. Most people just wanted to find a balance of power to prevent the nation from collapsing into a civil war. Unfortunately, though with good intentions, Clay’s legislation failed to prevent a civil war and stop the nation from plunging into despair.
The American Civil War is interpreted differently by many historians but most see the catalyst as slavery, the motivation as economic, the outcome was a unified national identity. Slavery was a major issue that triggered the American Civil War. Slavery started out, as a few individual slaves coming from England that were generally white. This changed however, and soon the Southern slave traders began 'stealing' blacks to take back to the South. The slaves were forced to work 16-hour days, slave women were only seen as breeders and there were no laws against the rape of a female slave.
The South brought the North to a realization that it was in a real brawl that it needed all the weapons it could lay hands on. The First Louisiana Native Guards became the first Black regiment to receive official recognition from the government. The Union brass had initially prevented the Blacks from seeing action in the war. Colonel Robert Shaw and his men of the Massachusetts 54th had to overcome fear, mockery and racism before they were allowed to fight. By the end of 1863, many thousands Blacks found employment in the Union Army.
The Civil war could very easily be known as one of the greatest tragedies in United States history. After the Civil War, the people of The United States had so much anger and hatred towards each other and the government that 11 Southern states seceded from the Nation and parted into two pieces. The Nation split into either the Northern abolitionist or the Southern planation farmers. The Reconstruction era was meant to be exactly how the name announces it to be. It was a time for the United States to fix the broken pieces the war had caused allowing the country to mend together and unite once again.
We also seem to fear that which is different, so we try to keep them down. The blacks represented such a small percentage of the population that it was easy for the white slave owners to control them. The diversity issue among the blacks and whites created a civil war within our nation that pitted friends and family against one another, and our whole nation was in turmoil. Many lives were lost fighting for the freedom of the slaves. On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery and declared all slaves free by issuing the Emancipation Proclamation (the thirteenth amendment to our constitution).(!
Historical Perspective The United States has long battle the issue of slavery that didn’t even begin in the U.S. but has migrated here in any event. There were harsh sentiments among blacks and has translated in horrifying events. As time went on and laws changed, the mentality of the people remained the same. There were always feelings of supremacy by whites and being equal wasn’t an option. The Civil War as well as the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865 brought an end to slavery, but the strong feelings remained.